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Calling an end to the search for ‘big ideas’

Timing is everything. And Michael Hobbes, an old aid hand and human rights consultant, got the timing spot on with his recent blog at The New Republic on […]


Milk fish and cockles bring returning prosperity

Mumtadar called from the pond where he was setting nets.  Life was good since they planted the mangroves along the dyke, he said.  He caught […]


Lobster boom on unrecognisable coastline

“The wave was higher than the trees.  The sea came right over the village.  Every building was destroyed, including all 300 houses.   About 180 people […]


When Cut met Clinton

Layeun is famous among the tsunami villages of Aceh. Bill Clinton came here earlier this year and brought the media. He called for new help […]


Swapping places with wild boar

Precisely 256 people were living in Gampong Baro on the day the tsunami hit. Just under half of them died.  Just 24 bodies were found, while […]


Mangroves return amid the fish ponds

Azhar, leader of Lham Ujong, is a proud man. Proud of the pictures in his album of him shaking hands with dignitaries bringing aid money […]


A Decade After Asian Tsunami, New Forests Protect the Coast

The tsunami that struck Indonesia in 2004 obliterated vast areas of Aceh province. But villagers there are using an innovative microcredit scheme to restore mangrove […]


Natural fortification against typhoons

Manila – Only one year after the deadly Typhoon Haiyan, which left behind over 6,000 casualties, Typhoon Hagupit has taken at least 20 lives before […]


Effects of different management regimes on mangrove ecosystem services in Java, Indonesia

This report for the first time quantifies the provision of mangrove ecosystem services according to different management regimes. The study concludes that ecosystem service provision […]