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Biodiversity stories in Asia Pacific region

Hi - I'm looking for stories about how biodiversity will be affected by climate change in the Asia Pacific region - and how the people & cultures will be affected as well. I plan to travel to certain areas to do some radio interviews and recordings around September this year, in order to make a radio series on the topic. Some potential countries I'm interested in are The Philippines, Vietnam and possibly the Solomon Islands, Laos, Papua New Guinea. Anyone got some thoughts on this - issues and potential locations and contacts?

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Comment by Lynne Malcolm on May 23, 2007 at 2:54
Thanks Mike - that's an interesting site and could be helpful. This network seems to be going well!
Cheers
Lynne
Comment by MikeShanahan on May 22, 2007 at 11:31
Hi Lynne

For more inspiration you can check out TVE-Asia Pacific's YouTube channel, which has a series of 5-minute films called The Greenbelt Reports - all about mangroves and coastal resources....
http://www.youtube.com/profile_videos?user=TVEAPfilms&p=r
Comment by Lynette Lee Corporal on May 18, 2007 at 12:19
Hi Lynne, the Philippines is a good source of biodiversity-related stories. Some ideas -- water-related problems affect fishing villages, projects on artificial reef and reef checks activities by divers, efforts to save the Banaue Rice Terraces in Northern Philippines [the newly elected governor, Teddy Baguilat who has been very active in the preservation efforts even before he went into politics, is a good source of information as he is at the forefront in this project, etc. You can check this site: http://www.biodiversityhotspots.org/xp/Hotspots/philippines/, for an overview. Good luck!
Comment by Rina Mukherji on May 9, 2007 at 11:36
The rise in sea level is causing increased salinity in the Sundarbans region of India and Bangladesh. This has caused many tree species to migrate northwards. Perhaps you could look into this.
Comment by MikeShanahan on May 4, 2007 at 10:20
Hi Lynne - rising sea levels and their effects on mangrove forests and the people (for food, medicines, building materials and fuel) and wildlife (many commercial fish species breed among their roots) that depend on them could be interesting. Also, how about this - in many Asian forests, strangler figs act as 'keystone' resources by providing fruit year round. Yet they can only do this if they are pollinated by tiny wasps that live just a day or two. What effects climate change will have on these frail wasps and the microclimate within the fig in which they breed remains unknown but researchers are looking at it.
Comment by Hujun Li on May 4, 2007 at 4:02
Hi, Lynne, the Tibetan Plateau might be a good place to explore.

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