|This atlas provides the first truly global assessment of the state of the
world's mangroves. Written by Dr. Mark Spalding, a leading expert on mangroves
with support from more than 100 top international mangrove researchers
and organizations, this full colour atlas contains 60 full-page maps showing
locations of all the world's mangroves, hundreds of photographs and illustrations
and comprehensive country-by-country assessments of mangroves. The
detailed maps and new mangrove area statistics are derived from recent
satellite imagery, comprising, the most comprehensive study ever undertaken
of these important ecosystems.
Mangroves are considered both ecologically and from a human perspective.
Initial chapters provide a global view, with information on distribution,
biogeography, productivity and wider ecology, as well as on human uses,
economic values, threats, and approaches for mangrove management. These
themes are revisited throughout the regional chapters, where the maps provide
a spatial context or starting point for further exploration. The book also
presents a wealth of statistics on biodiversity, habitat area, loss and
economic value which provide a unique record of mangroves against which
future threats and changes can be evaluated. Case-studies, written
by regional experts provide insights into regional mangrove issues, including
ecology, primary and potential productivity, biodiversity, sustainable
management and information on present and traditional uses and values.
The World Atlas of Mangroves is the result of a project implemented since
2005 as a joint initiative of the International Tropical Timber Organization
(ITTO), the International Society of Mangrove Ecosystems (ISME), the Food
and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), UNEP-World Conservation
Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), UNESCO-Man and Biosphere (UNESCO-MAB), UNU-Institute
for Water Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) and The Nature Conservancy
(TNC). Major funding was provided by ITTO through a Japanese Government
project grant and the project was implemented by ISME.
The English version of the atlas is published in July 2010 from Earthscan.
Spanish and French versions of the Atlas are being prepared.
319 pages, 8-1/2 x 11", over 200 photographs, 50 line illustrations,
129 maps (65 full-page). Hard cover. ISBN:978-1-84407-657-4.
For further information on the English version of the atlas, please contact
ISME at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit Earthscan at http://www.earthscan.co.uk/isbn/9781844076574 (20% discount code:AF20).
Mangrove and People
Regional Chapters (maps and country assessments)
Eastern and Southern Africa
The Middle East
Australia and New Zealand
North and Central America and The Caribbean
West and Central Africa
Annex 1: Species Ranges and line drawings
Annex 2: National Species lists
Annex 3: National Statistics including mangrove areas by country
Dr Mark Spalding is Senior Marine Scientist at the Conservation Strategies Division of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and is based at the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK.
Dr Mami Kainuma is the Project Coordinator and a Senior Researcher for the International
Society for Mangrove Ecosystems (ISME), Japan.
Lorna Collins has worked as a research associate for TNC and holds a Masters degree
in Marine Biology from the University of Plymouth, UK.
'The importance of mangroves is well-known, but
never has there been such a comprehensive review of these critical ecosystems.
This book should change the way we view, and manage, mangroves for the benefit
of coastal peoples and biodiversity world-wide.'
Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme
'I am pleased that ITTO, ISME, and the other
members of this excellent partnership have produced such a magnificent
reference book. The World Atlas of Mangroves details an incredible variety of
useful information that will be of considerable value to forest researchers,
practitioners, and students to learn more about mangrove ecosystems.'
Professor Don K. Lee, President, International Union of Forest Research