Rahman, Md. Mizanur, Zimmer, Martin, Ahmed, Imran, Donato, Daniel, Kanzaki, Mamoru and Xu, Ming (2021) Co-benefits of protecting mangroves forbiodiversity conservation and carbon storage. Nature Communications, 12 . p. 3875. DOI https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-24207-4.

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Abstract

The conservation of ecosystems and their biodiversity has numerous co-benefits, both forlocal societies and for humankind worldwide. While the co-benefit of climate change miti-gation through so called blue carbon storage in coastal ecosystems has raised increasinginterest in mangroves, the relevance of multifaceted biodiversity as a driver of carbon storageremains unclear. Sediment salinity, taxonomic diversity, functional diversity and functionaldistinctiveness together explain 69%, 69%, 27% and 61% of the variation in above- andbelowground plant biomass carbon, sediment organic carbon and total ecosystem carbonstorage, respectively, in the Sundarbans Reserved Forest. Functional distinctiveness had thestrongest explanatory power for carbon storage, indicating that blue carbon in mangroves isdriven by the functional composition of diverse tree assemblages. Protecting and restoringmangrove biodiversity with site-specific dominant species and other species of contrastingfunctional traits would have the co-benefit of maximizing their capacity for climate changemitigation through increased carbon storage.

Document Type: Article
Programme Area (enter as: PA1/PA2/PA3/PA4/PA5): PA4
Research affiliation: Ecology > Mangrove Ecology
Affiliations > Not ZMT
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: Yes
DOI etc.: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-24207-4
ISSN: 2041-1723
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Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2021 10:52
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2021 10:52
URI: http://cris.leibniz-zmt.de/id/eprint/4691

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