|Categories||Asia, Communities, Habitats, People|
|Date||30 Apr 2014|
Across the Philippines, widespread land conversion has decimated much of the natural mangrove . Yet in light of the 2013 devastation caused by super-typhoon Yolanda, the importance of mangrove forests in providing Philippines’ local communities with vital coastal ecosystem services (ES, such as food provisioning, carbon sequestration and storm and flood attenuation) has never been made so obvious.
Since 2006, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has been involved in community-based mangrove rehabilitation projects across Panay Island (Primavera 2012. ISBN: 978-971-95370-1-4). The recent devastation of many local villages following Yolanda, however, suggests that some restored mangrove forests in the area may not be highly functional in terms of mitigating storm damage. Various factors could explain this lack of functionality: plant diversity; structural complexity; biomass; age; configuration. So far, however, little is known about the relative importance of these factors in shaping mangrove health and ES provision. In the face of climate change and increased pressures on coastlines, such research is yet essential to inform future restoration strategies.
This project will utilise inter-disciplinary (field- and satellite-derived) approaches to explore factors shaping mangrove services provision, producing training and documentation to improve the success of community-based restoration efforts.
This project will:
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