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Why are they biodiverse?

- 33 different species of mangrove in Papua New Guinea

- is a keystone habitat that provides for vital ecological functions in the terrestrial-marine interface

- New Guinea mangroves contain 10 endemic bird species

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Threats to the mangroves

- used for building materials, firewood, medicinal purposes

- used for thatching, weaving and the production of sugar and ethanol

- estuarine crocodiles were heavily exploited, to the point of population collapse, in the mangroves of Papua New Guniea's Gulf Province

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Management techniques

- Thematic studies on mangroves (national level description in the Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) 2005)

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