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Jakarta Post

Aquaculture, palm oil threaten mangrove ecosystem

  • Desy Nurhayati

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Thu, April 20 2017   /  12:46 am

The expansion of aquaculture and palm oil is a leading cause of mangrove deforestation in Southeast Asia, experts said on Wednesday during the International Conference on Sustainable Mangrove Ecosystems.

Aquaculture, or fish farming, was a dominant driver of mangrove deforestation over the last decade, accounting for 30 percent of losses across the region, Daniel A. Friess, a researcher with the Mangrove Lab at the Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore, said.

The production of agricultural commodities, especially palm oil and rice, is also an increasingly important driver of mangrove forest loss, he claimed.

“Most palm oil-linked mangrove deforestation occurred in Indonesia and Malaysia, two countries that currently account for 85 percent of global palm oil production, with government policies promoting the industry as an important contr...