Environment and post-tsunami Asia (January 12, 2005)
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Environment and post-tsunami Asia

Following the devastating tsunamis in Southeast Asia, the priorities are to save human lives and prevent diseases. As the recovery continues, an emerging story is how the environment both mitigated and was damaged by the tsunamis.

Mangroves - complex ecosystems of tropical coastal forests that are crucial to healthly marine life - are one of the most productive and biodiverse wetlands systems on earth. Growing in the intertidal areas and estuary mouths between land and sea, mangroves provide critical habitat for a diverse marine and terrestial flora and fauna. Reports even indicate that these unique forests reduced the impact of the tsumanis. But they're disappearing - and fast!

Mangroves used to thrive on the coastlines of Thailand, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

Today on Beyond Organic we'll learn about how mangroves impacted the force of the recent tsunami. We'll also find out what role coral reefs play in ocean dynamics. We'll talk about the single most destructive industry to mangroves: shrimp farms.

Tune is this Wednesday, as host Jerry Kay, publisher of the Environmental News Network, looks at some environmental considerations for rebuilding the Southeast Asian coastline.

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