The role of coastal forests in the mitigation of tsunami impacts

 

RAP PUBLICATION 2007/1

The role of coastal forests
in the mitigation of
tsunami impacts

 

Keith Forbes and Jeremy Broadhead

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Bangkok, 2007



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This publication is based on “The Role of Coastal Forests in the Mitigation of Tsunami Impacts – Main report” www.fao.org/forestry/site/coastalprotection/en

ISBN 978-974-13-9321-3

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Cover photo: Susan Braatz, FAO

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Contents

Acknowledgements

Foreword

A preventable tragedy?

Effectiveness of coastal forests as a solution

How coastal forests work as a barrier

Implications for coastal forest management

Can coastal forests become a liability?

Conclusions

References