Enter the Mangal

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Since 1980, over one-fifth of the world’s mangrove forests have disappeared, mostly as a result of the global push for industrial aquaculture and beachfront tourist destinations.  At the same time, mangroves are beginning to be recognized for their massive carbon sequestration potential and their importance as natural barriers to cyclones and tsunamis. Nat Needham proposes a research project for the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship to look at the cultural, environmental and economic aspects of mangrove conservation in South and Southeast Asia.