Regional Action Plan for the Conservation of Mangroves in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden
Mangroves, which grow along many tropical shorelines, have attracted man’s curiosity from the earliest times. However, it was not until the 1970’s that man began to understand and appreciate the role of this unique vegetation. We now see mangroves being protected or managed in many areas of the world, for the fisheries they support, the forest products they yield and the stability they contribute to the coastal zone. Yet at the same time, mangroves are being destroyed for reasons that are frequently illogical. In our region the majority of mangroves are under stress from a variety of activities including grazing by camels, cutting for timber, pollution by solid wastes and sewage, in addition to physical modification of the coastal habitat.
06 Apr 2010