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Myebon, Myanmar is in the coastal state of Arakan where many of Myanmar's mangrove forests are located. Several large areas of mangrove were cleared for agriculture and other uses (e.g. paddy fields and salt pans) between 1979 and 2000. The large areas of gray and tan that appear in the previously deep green areas show where the mangroves have been cleared.

Mangrove ecosystems occur at the transition between the marine and terrestrial ecosystems and provide important services to both. They are nursery areas for the breeding of many marine species and essential for maintaining healthy fisheries. They are also prime habitat for migratory birds, amphibians and many terrestrial species. Mangroves are under pressure throughout much of coastal South Asia where they are being cleared for agriculture, aquaculture and urbanization. Protection of mangrove areas such as these will become increasingly important to preserving the dwindling areas of viable mangrove forest throughout the tropics. View detailed information

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