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An overview of mangrove management strategies in three South Asian countries: Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka


Iftekhar, M, An overview of mangrove management strategies in three South Asian countries: Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka, International Forestry Review, 10, (1) pp. 38-51. ISSN 1465-5489 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1505/ifor.10.1.38


Mangroves in South Asian countries, such as Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka are unique in terms of their extent, variability and biodiversity. The world's single largest mangrove ecosystem, the Sundarbans, is present in this region. These countries are also exposed to catastrophic events such as tsunami and tropical cyclones against which mangroves can act as a barrier depending on their location and condition. The countries also share a common forest management history and face similar socio-economic challenges of protecting the remaining natural mangroves. Perhaps due to these factors the countries have some common elements in mangrove management, such as choice of silvicultural system, protection of existing natural forests, people's participation, ICZM approach, biodiversity conservation, zoning, promotion of non-exploiting uses, plantation for land reclamation and water infrastructure protection. In this paper, an overview of these management strategies has been provided in order to identify the main legal and management challenges. Changes in the silviculture system, adoption of ecosystem management approaches, revision of forest laws, and regional cooperation have been advocated to improve mangrove management.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Natural resource management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Fresh, ground and surface water systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of freshwater ecosystems
UTAS Author:Iftekhar, M (Dr Md Sayed Iftekhar)
ID Code:68749
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:14
Deposited By:Economics and Finance
Deposited On:2011-03-19
Last Modified:2012-02-20

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