20170814 #MangrovesAtRisk Southern Caribbean (Antioquia, Colombia) #ManglaresEnRiesgo


Hello everyone,

This is a short entry inviting you to enjoy to a talk addressed (in Spanish) by me to an open audience on past August 10th (2017) for «Ciencia en Bicicleta» TV program held in Parque Explora (Medellín) [Science in Bicycle].

  • Want to know to the meter the second longest coast of any coastal department in the colombian caribbean?
  • Want to fly over extensive mangroves dominated by tall red mangrove trees?
  • Why there are a few species of invertebrate critters dwelling among mangroves prop roots?
  • Why mangroves are called nurseries for all kinds of fishes?
  • Why marine and forest birds convey in mangrove forests?
  • Do you know that the mangrove blue crab (an amphibious and migratory species) equals the size of a blue whale or a elephant in terms of human dimensions? Do you know that they are important ecological engineers?


  • Learn that we are linked, as consumers, to nutrients and carbon stored in mangroves, eaten by shrimps, crabs and fishes that sustain coastal fisheries
  • Learn that honeybee-keeping can be a sustainable economic alternative for fishermen and that mangrove-flower-derived honey could be a commodity that may improve their livelihoods thru fair and equal exchange trading
  • Learn why mangroves located in Urabá Gulf, and particularly those settled on the Atrato River Delta, are unique, fragile and vital
  • But also learn that Urabá Gulf mangroves are disappearing at a fast rate in some areas, coastal climate is warming as they are converted to pastures and urban settlements… thus, we need to spread the word and take action to preserve them!

Welcome to the Southern Caribbean #MangrovesAtRisk: go to the talk: Manglares y el colapso de los calculistas de escritorio