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Alfredo Quarto

Earth Island Journal: Mangrove Action Project. Article by Alfredo Quarto. Brazil contains the world's second largest mangrove area. Estimates suggest that over a million hectares of mangrove forest are spread along Brazil's extensive coastline. Urban expansion, oil development, the charcoal industry, roadways, and tourism have all taken their toll on large stretches of mangrove forests. Now these damaged ecosystems are facing further ruination due to shrimp aquaculture. Article >>

Grist Mangrove Action Project Interview. Q & A with Alfredo Quarto. The Mangrove Action Project (MAP) is dedicated to reversing the degradation of mangrove-forest ecosystems worldwide. MAP promotes the rights of local coastal peoples, including fishers and farmers, and encourages community-based, sustainable management of coastal resources. Interview >>

Mangrove Campaigners Battle To Save The 'Roots Of The Sea’. Article by Alfredo Quarto. Mangroves are a cornucopia of life – a rainforest by the sea – surviving in inter-tidal zones of tropical and sub-tropical regions. Over the last 23 years, I have wound through countless waterways that cut through the tangle of mangrove roots and branches. I have watched roosting egrets and spoonbills, kingfishers and herons in the arching canopy. Article >>

The Mangrove Forest: Background Paper. Paper by Alfredo Quarto. Mangrove forests are vital for healthy coastal ecosystems. The forest detritus, consisting mainly of fallen leaves and branches from the mangroves, provides nutrients for the marine environment and supports immense varieties of sea life in intricate food webs associated directly through detritus or indirectly through the planktonic and epiphytic algal food chains. Paper >>

Most Diverse, Most Threatened. Article by Alfredo Quarto. I first stumbled upon mangrove forests and the shrimp aquaculture industry that threatened them back in 1992, visiting fishing communities in southern Thailand. I noticed a common thread of problems. Outside investors were ruining their lands and livelihoods by cutting mangroves to make way for shrimp farms, devastating their local fisheries and agriculture. One village headman spoke with deep emotion about his father who had been murdered by the shrimp mafia for opposing mangrove cutting, saying: “If there are no mangrove forests, then the sea will have no meaning. It is like having a tree with no roots, for the mangroves are the roots of the sea.” Article >>

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