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A coati (member of the raccoon family) prowls

Image | 1 May, 2002 at 1:00

A coati (member of the raccoon family) prowls the mangrove forest.

In addition to shrimp

Image | 1 May, 2002 at 1:00

In addition to shrimp, mangroves also provide a nursery for fresh water oysters.

This magnificent frigate bird relies on the

Image | 1 May, 2002 at 1:00

This magnificent frigate bird relies on the mangrove forest for food and shelter.

Mangroves are home to many different forms

Image | 1 May, 2002 at 1:00

Mangroves are home to many different forms of wildlife, including this little green heron.

Mangrove seed pods

Image | 1 May, 2002 at 1:00

Mangrove seed pods. Some 35 percent of mangroves have been lost in the last 20 years.

Flowering mangrove plants.

Image | 1 May, 2002 at 1:00

Flowering mangrove plants.

Mangrove forest roots are bulldozed into

Image | 1 May, 2002 at 1:00

Mangrove forest roots are bulldozed into the mud to make way for the intruding shrimp farms.

Mangroves are the coastal equivalent to terrestrial

Image | 1 May, 2002 at 1:00

Mangroves are the coastal equivalent to terrestrial rain forests.

Panoramic view of a red mangrove forest

Image | 1 May, 2002 at 1:00

Panoramic view of a red mangrove forest, breeding ground for a diverse group of fish, shellfish, and other wildlife.

Mexico ratifies Biosafety Protocol

Feature story | 30 April, 2002 at 0:00

Today Mexico's senate ratified the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, a crucial instrument of the Convention on Biodiversity that aims to establish a system for the safe transfer, handling and use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

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