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Threats to Mangrove ecosystem...........



Large demographic pressure is exerting tremendous stress on the coastal environment. The main culprit in the destruction of mangroves is man. To achieve harmful supremacy over nature, human have destroyed this magnificent ecosystem almost irreparably. Land reclamations and industrial effluents are the major causes of mangroves degradation.
Systematic dumping of all kinds of waste and debris in the mangrove areas destroys them. Land reclamations and industrial effluents are the major causes of mangroves degradation.

This waste/debris creates a barrier preventing the sea water from entering the mangroves and eventually kills the mangroves. In many instances, this is done intentionally to reclaim land for construction activity. There is an urgent need to stop this systematic degradation of mangroves.

 

Major threats

• Land reclamations for construction activity, aquaculture, agriculture, tourism

• Industrial and domestic pollution

• Port development

• Dumping of all kinds of waste and debris

• Deforestation for fuel wood

• Over harvesting of marine resources