Rice and palm oil risk to mangroves

4 January 2016 

BBC News

A study conducted by Assistant Professor Daniel Friess, Department of Geography, and Dr Daniel Richards who was formerly with the Department, examined the drivers of mangrove deforestation in Southeast Asia between 2000 and 2012.

The study showed that while aquaculture was still responsible for mangrove deforestation in the region, the threat posed by the development of rice and palm oil plantations, which accounted for 38 per cent of the mangrove loss during the duration of study, has been underestimated.

These findings were also published in the journal entitled Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America in December 2015.

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