Sulu Sulawesi Seas – 2001
The Sulu-Sulawesi Seas rank among the most diverse and valuable habitats on earth. Home to millions of species of plants and animals, from marine mammal behemoths to minute microorganisms, this ecoregion straddles three Southeast Asian countries – the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia – and is a seat of these nations’ common seafaring history and traditions. It has become an urgent priority of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), through its Global 200 Program, to look beyond narrow geographic boundaries to conserve this natural resource of tremendous universal significance. The oceans are in grave danger, and it is only when man realizes what he stands to lose that the value of this planet’s vast marine ecosystems come to the fore. This book, “The Sulu-Sulawesi Seas”, is a celebration of the beauty and biodiversity of this marine ecoregion. It is a breathtaking chronicle in images and words of the different habitats and cultures that exist here today, the formidable threats to the area’s continuing existence, and the responsibility which man must acknowledge in order to preserve this primeval cradle of evolution. More importantly, however, this book aims to capture, through the dramatic photographs of Jürgen Freund, the many facets of a priceless treasure that may slowly be slipping from our hands – and which we must save if we are to ensure the continuity of life itself.
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