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Published on Nov 3, 2011
Cut into the Ground: The Destruction of Mangroves and its Impacts on Local Coastal Communities
The Network for Environmental and Economic Development - Burma (NEED) reports that in Arakan State, the destruction of mangrove forests to make way for large-scale shrimp farms and brick production is causing negative impacts on local ecosystems and traditional livelihoods. Oppression by authorities further exacerbates the situation for the communities that depend on mangrove resources for their living. The case study, which is based on field sites and interviews in 20 Arakan communities, argues that more effort should be put into protecting and restoring mangrove forests in Arakan State.