This book outlines the performance and management of mangroves in the changing climatic scenario of the Asia-Pacific region and draws examples and lessons from the national and community-driven mangrove conservation programs of relevant countries including Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Japan as well as the Pacific islands. By highlighting the major drawbacks that hinder effective mangrove conservation, the book contributes towards enhancing climate resilience of communities through proposition of corrective methods and ameliorative approaches of mangrove conservation.
Mangroves play an important role in adapting to climate change and provide a plethora of ecosystem services that are fundamental to human survival. Yet these ecosystems are exceptionally prone to extinction due to increased human interventions and changes in environmental boundary conditions. Especially in the Asia-Pacific region, mangroves have dwindled at an exceptional high rate over the past three decades. As the threat of climate change hovers over millions of people in this region, particularly those who crowd the low-lying coastal areas, conservation/restoration of mangroves through appropriate policies and practices remain highly imperative.
The primary target readers for Participatory Mangrove Management in a Changing Climate are students and researchers in the fields of conservation and management of mangroves, especially from the developing tropical countries of the Asia-Pacific region. Other target groups comprise policy planners, practitioners, and NGO workers, who will be able to apply the collective knowledge from this work towards proactive mangrove conservation through effective mediation in local communities.
Mangroves in Asia-Pacific: A review of Threats and Responses.- Fragile mangroves and increasing susceptibility to coastal hazards in Pakistan.- Mangroves in India and climate change: An overview.- Retrofitting Joint Forest Management (JFM) in protected areas of Indian Sundarbans: How sustainable it is?.- Chronicling development in the mangrove conservation project: Education a path way for the Irula tribe to integrate in the mainstream society.- Actor centered interest power analysis of participatory biodiversity conservation policy program in and around the Bangladeshi Sundarbans.- Effectiveness of Forest Management and Safeguarding interest of the local people of Sundarbans in Bangladesh.- Protected areas for climate change mitigation and livelihoods option: a case study of the Bangladesh Sundarbans Mangrove Forest.- Livelihood-strategies and resource-dependency nexus in the Sundarbans.- Regreening the coast: Community based mangrove conservation and restoration in Sri Lanka.- Degeneration of mangroves in a changing policy environment: Case study of Ayeyarwady Delta, Myanmar.- Opportunities and challenges for Participatory Management of Mangrove Resource (PMMR) in Cambodia.- Process and Interaction of Mangrove Co-management in Thailand.- Roles of Traditional Coastal Management Institution for Mangrove Rehabilitation and Restoration in Aceh Province, Indonesia.- Mangrove Rehabilitation in Seribu Islands at the Crossroad of Awareness and Tokenism.- Community-Based Mangrove Management in the Philippines: Experience and Challenges in the Context of Changing Climate.- An Insight into the Management of Larut Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve.- Ecology of Kandelia obovata (S., L.) Yong - a fast growing mangrove in Okinawa, Japan.- Mangroves in Small Island Development States in the Pacific: an overview of a highly important and seriously threatened resource.- Towards sustainable mangrove societies: Real Potential and Formidable challenges.
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Rajarshi DasGupta is a Japan Society for Promotion of Sciences (JSPS) post-doctoral researcher in the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo. He received his Ph.D. in Global Environmental Studies from Kyoto University, Japan. He has worked extensively with the mangrove communities in India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar and authored a number of research articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. His current research interest includes assessment and management of mangrove ecosystem services and their effective utilization for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction through proactive landscape planning.
Rajib Shaw is the executive director of Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR)-a decade-long research program co-sponsored by the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). He is the co-chair of UNISDR's Asia Science Technology Academic Advisory Group (ASTAAG). He is also a senior fellow of the Institute of Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) Japan, and the chairperson of SEEDS Asia, a Japanese NGO. Previously, he was a professor in the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies of Kyoto University, Japan. His expertise includes community-based disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, urban risk management, and disaster and environmental education. He has published more than 40 books and more than 300 academic papers and book chapters.