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Conserving biodiversity in the Caribbean – on land and at sea

The natural riches of the Caribbean are unique. However, that biodiversity is in danger because all too often not enough attention is being paid to preserving it. Furthermore, the islands of the Caribbean, situated just on the edge of the storm-swept Atlantic Ocean, are particularly affected by the impacts of climate change. Extreme weather events are literally eating away the coastlines of the many, often small, islands. Supported by the German government, the governments of eight Caribbean countries are working with representatives from local businesses and civil society on an ambitious programme to conserve biodiversity. more


Coastal villages in the Mekong delta are suffering more and more from flooding due to climate change, particularly, where the mangrove forests have disappeared.

Mangroves: universal protection for coasts, the climate and the environment

Thanks to their dense tangle of roots, mangrove trees are ideally suited for the protection of tropical coasts. Even a strip of mangroves that is only 100 metres wide makes a decisive difference in breaking the destructive force of storms or even tsunamis. However, in many regions their continued existence is threatened by logging. As part of a programme for "Integrated coastal management in the Mekong Delta", the BMZ is supporting projects in Viet Nam for the reafforestation of mangrove forests. more


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