for Southeast Asia

Authored by: Wim Giesen, Stephan Wulffraat,
Max Zieren and Liesbeth Scholten


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Bangkok, 2006

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Part I (2.77 MB) Part II (0.60 MB) Part III (1.79 MB) Part IV (2.13 MB)
Part V (1.78 MB) Part VI (2.43 MB) Part VII (2.88 MB) Part VIII (1.09 MB)
Part IX (3.45 MB) Part X (3.31 MB) Part XI (3.78 MB) Part XII (3.50 MB)

The designations and the presentation of material in this publication do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its frontiers or boundaries. The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors alone and do not imply any opinion whatsoever on the part of FAO.

© FAO and Wetlands International, 2006

ISBN 974-7946-85-8

For copies write to:
Forest Resources Officer
FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Maliwan Mansion
Phra Atit Road, Bangkok 10200
E-mail: [email protected]


Various guidebooks exist for mangroves of Southeast Asia, but all have a limited geographic scope covering only one country. An even more severe limitation of these guidebooks is that they focus almost exclusively on so-called “true mangrove species” – i.e. species that occur in the mangrove habitat only and are not found in other habitats. While this is an approach that is common worldwide, the disadvantage is that many plant species found in the mangrove habitat are not dealt with. Another disadvantage of most existing guidebooks is that they tend to ignore species other than trees and shrubs. This book represents the first attempt at covering all mangrove plant species in Southeast Asia, and aims at providing those involved with the management and conservation of mangroves in Southeast Asia with a guidebook for identifying mangrove plants. At the same time, the book gives a brief introduction to mangroves in general and Southeast Asia’s mangroves in particular, useful to students and interested lay persons. Accordingly, the book has been split into two parts: part one deals with the mangrove habitat in Southeast Asia, while part two focuses on the mangrove plants themselves. The core of the book is formed by the skilfully drawn black-and-white drawings of the mangrove plants. These illustrations greatly enhance the usefulness of this book.