If our forests are essential to our socio-economic development it is the same way with our coastal areas. This is actually the main reason why it’s important to conserve our marine environment while we still can.
In Asia and Pacific region most communities depend on the coastal resources thus making some of these areas over exploited which threatened the rich biodiversity in these areas. Some of the reasons of this degradation of coastal areas include over exploitation, destructive fishing and conversion of marine environment into eco-tourism projects and aquaculture.
The saddening effects of these destructive activities have greatly contributed to the reduction of mangroves and coral reefs which lead to loss of fisheries productivity and biodiversity such as the threat to our endangered migratory species. Moreover, in Southeast Asia where most of world’s mapped reefs are located has been assessed to have high potential of threat from disturbance due to various destructive activities in the area. According to a study about 80% of Southeast Asian reefs particularly in the Philippines and Indonesia are at risk while half are at high risk.
Many organizations are now improving and protecting the coastal areas in Asia and the Pacific to prevent further impact to human survival. It is not yet too late to take part of this responsibility as a resident of this planet earth. Conserve what’s left with our marine environment not only for our future generations but for our own survival.
We can help create awareness to the general public about our threatened coastal resources and how it could affect our livelihoods if the loss of marine biodiversity continues. We can also support the activities in our local communities regarding the protection of marine biodiversity. In addition, we can take part in providing information about the alternative ways or proper utilization of our coastal resources. Lastly, always support our national and local government in law enforcement for marine conservation.