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Title:Resources of the mangrove with special reference to the coastal areas of Nigeria: their utilization and management perspectives
Authors:Adegbehin, J.O.
Nwaigbo, L.C.
Nokoe, S.
Periodical:Discovery and Innovation (ISSN 1015-079X)
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Nigeria
West Africa
forest resources
Environment, Ecology
Mangrove swamps
Resources management
Littoral zones
Abstract:The mangrove swamps of the coastal areas of Nigeria, which cover an area of over 700,000 ha, contain three families of economic trees represented by five species. Of these, the family Rhizophoraceae is the most valuable, and accounts for a substantial proportion of the standing wood volume. After a brief review of the worldwide distribution of mangrove forests and their species types, this paper focuses on the Nigerian mangrove forests in terms of available area, climatic factors and soil types, species composition, growth rate and yields of the species. It also considers the existing and possible industrial utilization of the tree species, possible management techniques of mangrove for wood production, and other forms of land use (aquaculture, wildlife conservation, agriculture) in which the mangrove could be involved to contribute to the economic development of the country. Bibliogr.