Mangrove forests, such as the one of La Tirana in the coast of El Salvador, are part of a complex ecosystem that protects coastlines from erosion and filters coastal waters.
Communities living in and around these forests depend on this natural resource for their livelihoods and care for the biodiversity of these fragile ecosystems.
The Salvadoran government has proposed, as part of a US$ 277 million aid programas, to develop tourism projects along the country’s coastline which threaten the mangrove forests and local communities. This key proposal could be signed in September 2013.
If tourism projects are developed in the protected areas, as the government expects will happen as part of the US Millennium Challenge Fund 'Fomilenio' aid program, “the mangrove forests and communities who depend on these fragile ecosystems would be seriously affected”, says Ricardo Navarro, director of CESTA/ Friends of the Earth El Salvador.
A documentary film on the saga of the most controversial environmental bestseller of all times. Today its message is more relevant than ever.
Directed by Enrico Cerasuolo and produced by Zenit Arti Audiovisive in association with Skofteland Film.
Josefina Skerk (Sweden) is one of four young people who will attempt something truly unique: in April 2013 they will trek to the North Pole and lower a flag 4km to the seabed. Attached to the flag will be a capsule containing more than two and a half million signatures calling for a sanctuary in the uninhabited area around the pole.