Mangrove description - Costa Rica
The Pacific coast of
Uses and threats
The population explosion, started in the country in the early forties, had negative rub-off on the conservation of natural resources. The impact of the demographic growth didn¿t spare mangroves: the ecosystem was quickly affected by substitute activities or the procurement of forest products such as tannin (especially of Rhizophora bark), charcoal, construction material, etc. Mangroves land have been drained and converted, particularly in the
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Jímenez, J.A. 1994. Los manglares del Pacífico de Centroamérica. EFUNA, Heredia, Costa Rica. 352 pp.
Programa Nacional de Humedales, MINAE. 2001. Politica de humeadles de Costa Rica. http://www.ramsar.org/wurc_policy_costarica.htm
Pizarro, F. & Angulo, H. 1994. Diagnostico de los manglares de la costa Pacifica de Costa Rica. In: Suman, D.O. ed. 1994. El ecosistema de manglar en America Latina y la cuenca del Caribe: su manejo y conservación. p: 34-64. University of Miami and The Tinker Foundation. Miami. 263 pp.
Play a role in the preparation of the revised World Atlas of MangrovesThe information provided above will be used as an input to the revised World Atlas of Mangroves and as national level description in the Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) 2005 Thematic study on Mangroves.
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