Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)
Alertnet reports on the crucial role that mangroves play in reducing the devastation of cyclones in the coastal areas of Viet Nam. Climate change induced rise in the average temperature and extreme weather events facilitate sea level rise, salt water intrusion and drought. Communities actively take part in planting mangroves with the help of non-governmental organizations.
"There is a strong need to carry forward these proven experiences to other coastal areas of Asia-Pacific countries, Africa and other parts of the world where denudation of mangrove forests has exposed the countries of these regions to tropical cyclones and other climate change-induced risks,” said Chief executive of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network, Sam Bickersteth.