Ecological Costs of Urban Expansion in a Mangrove Ecosystem: A Case Studied

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by E. J. Soriano-Sierra, Federal Univ of Santa Catarina, Brazil,
B. Sierra de Ledo, Federal Univ of Santa Catarina, Brazil,
R. Urzedo de Queiroz, Federal Univ of Santa Catarina, Brazil,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93

Abstract: On Santa Catarina Island in southern Brazil, mangrove systems are found along about 14.7% of this coast. These areas, although declared by legislation as 'Permanent Preservation Areas', have been undergoing a process of progressive and irreversible destruction for the past 50 years. At present the most damaged mangrove is that of Itacorubi, surrounded by the city of Florianopolis, a state capital of approximately 200,000 inhabitants. This paper discusses the ecological costs of urban expansion.

Subject Headings: Ecosystems | Urban development | Coastal environment | Islands | Developing countries | Legislation | Urban areas | Light rail transit | Brazil | South America

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