Kenya's Dying Mangrove Forests
Healthy mangroves are something most of us take for granted. Kenyan mangrove forests are dying off.
We got this story from Business Daily (Africa) and it's about a worrisome dieoff of the region's mangrove forests. We've had our own issues here in Florida and the ongoing destruction of the Everglades (visit Captains for Clean Water for plenty of information about our regional problems with agriculture and the earth's most important swamps).
The whole story is here, but the lead commentary says a lot about the content:
Mombasa is becoming hotter due to the depletion of mangrove forests, a vital ally in the fight against climate change, with the situation along the Kenyan coast projected to get worse with time.
A recent study carried out at Tudor Creek - the water body separating Mombasa Island from the mainland - shows that more than 80 per cent of mangroves along the Indian Ocean coast in the area have been wiped out.
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) assistant director of wetlands and marine conservation, Dr Mohamed Omar, says urgent intervention is required to conserve the disappearing forests.