Natural Barriers to Natural Disasters: Replanting Mangroves after the Tsunami

Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Vol. 4, No. 3, 2006

Posted: 20 Apr 2006

See all articles by Edward B. Barbier

Edward B. Barbier

Colorado State University, Fort Collins - Department of Economics

Abstract

The Indian Ocean tsunami disaster of December 2004 has increased interest in replanting degraded and deforested mangrove areas in Asia to improve coastal protection. Evidence from Thailand suggests that concern over mangrove deforestation by shrimp farms is an important motivation for many coastal households to participate in mangrove rehabilitation. However, successful re-establishment and management of mangroves as effective coastal barriers will require developing new institutions and policies, and must involve coastal communities in Thailand and other Indian Ocean countries in the conservation and protection of their local mangrove forests.

Keywords: tsunami, shrimp farming, mangrove forests

Suggested Citation

Barbier, Edward B., Natural Barriers to Natural Disasters: Replanting Mangroves after the Tsunami. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=896301

Edward B. Barbier (Contact Author)

Colorado State University, Fort Collins - Department of Economics ( email )

Fort Collins, CO 80523-1771
United States

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