MANGROVES of South Africa
Published by WESSA-KZN. Mangrove forests are extremely productive ecosystems, providing critical services that benefit all – safe nurseries to protecting our shorelines. This book will take the reader through the plant life, animals, birds, estuary & shoreline protection and legislation. A most informative guide by Patricia Berjak, Glen Campbell, Barbara Huckett, Norman Pammenter with contributions from Hugh Chittenden, Nicolette Forbes, Andrew Mather and Prof Rudy van der Elst.
Our mangroves communities in South Africa shrunk dramatically until in 1977 there were fewer than 400 hectares of this habitat remaining in KwaZulu-Natal, however due to a lot of hard work by dedicated persons and legislations passed, the mangrove communities in 2019 are now substantially in excess of the 400 hectares.
Most mangroves are affected by ‘development’ and ignorance of their ecological importance. Mangroves are crucial for coastal areas and play a vital role in stabilizing these areas acting as buffers between the land and the sea. With coastlines throughout the world facing serious problems of coastal erosion, this role has become even more critical.
Introduction to the Mangrove Environment
Plant Life of the Mangrove community
A note about Tree Zonation
Mangrove Tree Associates
Animals of the Mangrove Community
Birds of the Mangrove communities
Estuaries and Mangroves
The Impacts of Sea Level rise of Mangroves