Vietnam is one of the world’s leading exporters of shrimps. But the industry is exacting a high price. Mangrove forests have been systematically chopped down…
Vietnam is one of the world’s leading exporters of shrimps. But the industry is exacting a high price. Mangrove forests have been systematically chopped down to make way for more shrimp farms, particularly in the Mekong Delta.
The deforestation is destroying the habitat of many animals and affecting the lives of the people. And with coastal areas now free of trees, they are unprotected and at the mercy of the elements. Climate change has brought more powerful storms to the region and the sea level is rising, threatening an increasingly wide area.
As part of the international climate initiative, experts from Germany are working with Vietnamese specialists to set up protection zones and replant the mangrove forests.
Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world – and people here are among those suffering the most from the effects of climate change. Large swathes of land have been ruined through excessive shrimp farming – leaving too much salt in the soil. Women have been hardest hit by the problem.
Sharmind Neelormi and Ahsan Achmed from the Centre for Global Change (CGC) help support a series of village committees in southeastern Bangladesh. The salty soil here is barely arable during the dry season. CGC is supporting efforts to promote sustainable crab farming and to plant salt-resistant varieties of rice. Through these projects, women are helping raise environmental consciousness in a patriarchal society.
In this iJules episode Liberal European Parliament members Chris Davies (UK) and Jules Maaten (Netherlands) visit mayor Ivo Opstelten in Rotterdam to see what the city is doing to combat global warming. They visit the Argos clean petrol station and the energy efficient Happy Shrimp farm. In Dutch and English.
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