Traditional Palauan Agriculture Supports Healthy Coral Reefs

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The coral reefs of Palau—an island nation in the western Pacific Ocean—are threatened by sedimentation resulting from land clearing in watersheds. A new study funded by NOAA confirms what Palauans have known for millennia: that cultivated wetlands, in particular taro (Colocasia esculenta) fields, can control soil erosion and reduce the impact of runoff on to near-shore coral reefs.

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