The Greenbelt Reports
The Greenbelt Reports: Armed by Nature
The Asian Tsunami of December 2004 powerfully demonstrated the value of coastal greenbelts - mangrove forests, coral reefs and sand dunes - as a natural defence against the sea’s ravages. After the mega-disaster, evidence emerged how greenbelts had buffered coastal communities, saving lives and property.
But these ecosystems are under immense pressure in South and Southeast Asia from economic development, population growth and poverty. How can Asia’s remaining greenbelts be saved and degraded ones restored? Filmed at a dozen locations in the four countries worst affected by the Tsunami, this documentary looks at how local communities, researchers and activists are trying to balance conservation needs with survival imperatives
Location: India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand
Duration: 27 minutes