Global mangrove loss and economic development, Edward B. Barbier and Mark Cox. Part I National trends and analysis of mangroves: the importance of mangroves - ecological perspectives and socio-economic values, Sanit Aksornkoae, Ruangrai Tokrisna, Wattana Sugunnasil and Suthawan Sathirathai; overview of shrimp farming and mangrove loss in Thailand, Sanit Aksornkoae and Ruangrai Tokrisna; analysis of shrimp farm expansion and mangrove conversion in Thailand. 1979-1996, Edward B. Barbier and Mark Cox. Part II Case Studies - Phang-nga and Nakhon Si Thammarat: analytical background of the case studies and research sites - ecological, historical and social perspectives, Sanit Aksornkoae, Wattana Sugunnasil and Suthawan Sathirathai; mangrove dependency - income distribution and conservation, Isra Sarntisart and Suthawan Sathirathai; household use of mangrove and mangrove conservation decisions, Edward B. Barbier and Mark Cox; analysis of shrimp farms' use of land, Ruangrai Tokrisna; coastal communities - mangrove loss and shrimp farming - social and institutional perspectives, Wattana Sugunnasil and Suthawan Sathirathai; comparative returns of mangroves for shrimp farming and local direct and indirect uses in Surat Thani Province, Suthawan Sathirathai and Eward B. Barbier. Part 3 Mangrove loss and shrimp farming in Thailand - conclusions: conclusion of the study and policy recommendations, Edward B. Barbier and Suthawan Sathirathai.