Syrbe, Ralf-Uwe, Grunewald, Karsten, Helfer, Veronique, Reuter, Hauke, Neumann, Steffen, Ulpinnis, Chris, Jeske, Olga, Overmann, Jörg, Gutting, Robin and Zimmer, Martin (2019) Stakeholder Perspectives and Ecosystem Services in Mangrove Ecosystems. Results from Singapore, Brazil, and South Africa. [Poster] In: MMM5. , 01.07.-05.07.2019, Singapore .

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An improved management of mangrove areas to preserve biodiversity and ecosystem services requires a sound knowledge of land-use impacts and the drivers of ecosystem development. This presentation will identify and characterize the main ecosystem services, based on empirical work with stakeholders of mangrove areas conducted in the frame of the DiSeMiNation project. Detailed analyses of sediments from corresponding mangrove ecosystems will link stakeholder perspectives with those ecosystem processes that underlie the above services. This will translate into recommendations for sustainable use by local communities, and contribute to the spatial planning of protected areas.Mangrove forest services in three countries, namely Singapore, Brazil and South Africa, have been examined through stakeholder surveys and workshops with scientists, conservationists, government officials, community leaders, educators, resource users, and coastal managers. The most appreciated services of mangrove ecosystems are their nursery function and cultural, (e.g. recreational, educational) values. These are followed by regulating services like erosion control and carbon storage. Only in the Brazil location, where the extraction of food and other life-supporting goods is explicitly included in mangrove protection status, the provision of crab, fish, and wood are also highly valued.The stakeholders’ opinions differ considerably. While conservationists and fish companies would like to forbid the extraction, neighboring inhabitants require permission to use crabs, fish, timber and other mangrove goods; but some of them also ask for a fair control to prevent unsustainable use and commercial extraction in large amounts. The legal situation and governmental action have been scrutinized, with outcomes ranging from clear and adaptive management to weak conservation status and risky uses, mainly due to bad implementation of (basically sound) government instruments and lacking trust by local people. The project team works on approaches to ‘transfer’ scientific findings into actual management and identified knowledge gaps that should be addressed during this course.

Document Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Research affiliation: Ecology > Mangrove Ecology
Affiliations > Not ZMT
Theoretical Ecology and Modelling > Spatial Ecology and Interactions
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2019 10:30
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2020 12:59

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