Mangrove ecosystems occur in the inter-tidal region between sea and land in tropical and sub-tropical latitudes and provide important ecosystem goods and services. These forests help stabilize shorelines and reduce the devastating impact of natural disasters such as tsunamis and hurricanes. They serve as breeding and nursing grounds for marine species, and are sources of food, medicine, fuel, and building materials for local communities. However, these ecosystems have been declining at an alarming rate – perhaps even more rapidly than inland tropical forests – and much of what remains is in a degraded condition. Habitat destruction through human encroachment has been the primary cause of mangrove loss. The loss of mangrove habitats has resulted in a decline in fishery resources and biodiversity. Mangrove Ecosystems of Asia provides an up-to-date account of mangrove ecosystems in Asia as well as restoration and ecosystem management techniques to ensure the sustainability and conservation of the mangrove. Mangrove Ecosystems of Asia is divided into sections presenting the distribution and status of mangrove ecosystems in Asia, the challenges they are facing, the issues and opportunities arising from these challenges, and management strategies for mangrove conservation.
Chapter 1: Mangrove Ecosystems of Malaysia: Status, Challenges and Management Strategies
Chapter 2: Distribution and Rarity of Rhizophoraceae in Peninsular Malaysia
Chapter 3: Distribution and Current Status of Mangrove Forests in Indonesia
Chapter 4: Mangrove Forests in Thailand
Chapter 5: Philippines' Mangrove Ecosystem: Status, Threats and Conservation
Chapter 6: Distribution, Characteristics and Economic Importance of Mangrove Forests in Iran
Chapter 7: Plant Diversity and Forest Structure of the Three Protected Areas (Wildlife Sanctuaries) of Bangladesh Sundarbans: Current Status and Management Strategies
Chapter 8: Mangrove Fauna of Asia
Chapter 9: Mangrove Forests of Timor-Leste: Ecology, Degradation, and Vulnerability to Climate Change
Chapter 10: Vulnerability of Mangroves to Climate Change
Chapter 11: Impacts of Climate Change on Asian Mangrove Forests
Chapter 12: Quantification of Soil Organic Carbon Storage and Turnover in Two Mangrove Forests Using Dual Carbon Isotopic Measurements
Chapter 13: The Relationship between Mangrove Deforestation and Economic Development in Thailand
Chapter 14: Remote Sensing Technology: Recent Advancements for Mangrove Ecosystems
Chapter 15: Management Strategies for Sustainable Exploitation of Aquatic Resources of the Sundarbans Mangrove, Bangladesh
Chapter 16: Economic Sustainability for Halophyte Cash Farms in Urban Environments
Chapter 17: Research and Development Activities towards Sustainable Management of Mangroves in Peninsular Malaysia
Chapter 18: Climate Change Adaptation: Management Options for Mangrove Areas
Chapter 19: Managing Mangrove Habitat Expansion in New Zealand
Chapter 20: Mangroves are Wetlands, not Forests: Some Implications for their Management
Dr. Faridah-Hanum Ibrahim is a Professor of Forest Botany and Dean of the Faculty of Forestry at Universiti Putra Malaysia. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the 75-year-old journal The Malaysian Forester, editor of the Japanese journal TROPICS, and editor of Pakistan Journal of Botany.
Prof. Emeritus Dato' Dr. Abdul Latiff Mohamad has served as a Professor of Botany at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia since 1991 and was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology in 2002. He has published more than 450 papers, abstracts, and reports and has edited more than 60 books and proceedings. Prof. Latiff is the Chairman of WWF (Malaysia) and Chairman of Pulau Banding Foundation (Malaysia).
Dr. Khalid Rehman Hakeem is a post doctorate research fellow at Universiti Putra Malaysia. He has edited and authored more than seven books, more than 20 research publications in peer-reviewed journals, and 10 book chapters.
Prof. Munir Öztürk is a Consultant Fellow at the Faculty of Forestry, Universiti Putra Malaysia. He has published more than 400 papers in national and international journals, more than 50 book chapters, and has edited more than 10 books with Springer and Cambridge Scholars.