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September 10, 2013

Ecuador

Replanting Mangroves

 

I used Google Translate to translate this article into English.  You can read the original article in Spanish by clicking on the link in the Source below.

 

During nearly four decades of shrimp farm development in Ecuador, the Ministry of Environment reports that more than 53,000 hectares of mangroves were cut down to build shrimp farms, out of 175,748 hectares of mangroves in the country.  In previous governments, there were fewer regulations on mangrove cutting and the regulations that were in place were not enforced.  To encourage the development of the industry, there was even a law, now repealed, which allowed the cutting of mangroves for the construction of shrimp ponds.  Now it is a crime to cut down mangroves for shrimp farms, punishable by up to three years in prison and fines of $90,000.

 

 

 

To receive permits, farms in previous mangrove areas must restore mangroves.

 

• Farms up to 10 hectares must devote 10% of their farms to mangroves.

 

• Farms from 11-50 hectares must devote 20% of their farms to mangroves.

 

• Farms from 50 to 250 acres must devote 30% of their farms to mangroves.

 

Not all shrimp farms are subject to the regulations because they are not in the mangroves or because they were built before the regulations went into effect.

 

Thus far, the Ministry of Environment has evaluated 1,072 reforestation plans, and many farms have already started replanting mangroves.

 

Source: Google Groups. Ecuador pone freno a la devastación de los manglares causada durante 40 años por las camaroneras.  Yahira Piedrahita Falquez and  Henry Ortiz.  Photos by Douglas Armijos.  National Aquaculture Chamber.  September 6, 2013.

 

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