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World Atlas of Mangroves

World Atlas of Mangroves

Mark Spalding   The Nature Conservancy, UK
Mami Kainuma   International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems
Lorna Collins  

Colour photographs
304 pages, 297 x 210 mm
Publisher: Earthscan from Routledge

    Hardback - 2010
ISBN: 9781844076574 - AU $156.00



Published with ISME, ITTO and project partners FAO, UNESCO-MAB, UNEP-WCMC and UNU-INWEH.

This atlas provides the first truly global assessment of the state of the world's mangroves. Written by a leading expert on mangroves with support from the top international researchers and conservation organisations, this full colour atlas contains 60 full-page maps, hundreds of photographs and illustrations and a comprehensive country-by-country assessment of mangroves.

Mangroves are considered both ecologically and from a human perspective. Initial chapters provide a global view, with information on distribution, biogeography, productivity and wider ecology, as well as on human uses, economic values, threats, and approaches for mangrove management. These themes are revisited throughout the regional chapters, where the maps provide a spatial context or starting point for further exploration. The book also presents a wealth of statistics on biodiversity, habitat area, loss and economic value which provide a unique record of mangroves against which future threats and changes can be evaluated. Case-studies, written by regional experts provide insights into regional mangrove issues, including primary and potential productivity, biodiversity, and information on present and traditional uses and values and sustainable management.


1. Mangrove Ecosystems
2. Mangroves and Man
3. Mapping Mangroves
Regional Chapters
Western Indian Ocean
4. Eastern and Southern Africa
5. The Middle East
6. South Asia
Eastern Asia and Australia/New Zealand
7. Southeast Asia
8. East Asia
9. Australia and New Zealand
Pacific Ocean
10. Pacific Islands
11. North and Central America and the Caribbean
12. South America
West and Central Africa
13. West and Central Africa
Annex 1: Species Ranges
Annex 2: References for National Statistics

 Mark Spalding is Senior Marine Scientist at the Conservation Strategies Division of The Nature Conservancy, UK.

Mami Kainuma is the Project Coordinator and a Senior Researcher for the International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems, Japan.

Lorna Collins has worked as a research associate for The Nature Conservancy and is currently studying for a MRes in Marine Biology at the University of Plymouth.


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