Report evaluates importance of coral reefs and mangroves


  • Mohi Kumar


Thirty percent of the world's coral reefs are seriously damaged, and possibly no pristine reefs remain, according to a 24 January report by the World Conservation Monitoring Centre of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) issued in the wake of the 26 December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

“The Indian Ocean tsunami brought a lot of attention to coral reefs and mangroves,” said Sue Wells, lead author of the report, In the Front Line: Shoreline Protection and other Ecosystem Services from Mangroves and Coral Reefs. “Were they badly damaged? Did they play a role in buffering damage on shore?”