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Advances in coastal ecology: people, processes and ecosystems in Kenya
Hoorweg, J.; Muthiga, N. A. (2009). Advances in coastal ecology: people, processes and ecosystems in Kenya. 20. [S.n.]: [s.l.]. ISBN 978-90-5448-090-7. 278 pp.

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  • Hoorweg, J.
  • Muthiga, N. A., more

    Coastal and marine ecosystems on the Kenyan coast include mangrove forests, coastal marshes, seagrass beds, sand dunes and coral reefs. These coastal and marine ecosystems process nutrients, sediments and water and provide feeding and breeding grounds for a diversity of organisms. Coastal systems also provide a wide range of ecosystem services including shoreline protection, production of fish and shellfish, enhancement of water quality, recreation, tourism and support of aesthetic, spiritual and cultural values (MA 2005). Since these systems are interconnected, a broad understanding of their biological, physical and socioeconomic characteristics is crucial for effective management. The present volume not only provides information on a broad range of ecosystems useful for their conservation and management but also addresses the perceptions of key stakeholders. The integration of this knowledge in management and information sharing amongst sectors should enhance the effectiveness of the management of these key ecosystems.

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