Mangrove forest regeneration after harvesting and the associated changes in carbon stocks

Supervisors: Lalao Aigrette, Trevor Jones
Location: desk/field (Madagascar)
Duration: min 6 months

Madagascar’s west coast includes approximately 213,000 hectares of mangrove ecosystems, which sequester significant amounts of carbon dioxide, support high levels of biodiversity and provide vital goods and services to increasingly poor and vulnerable coastal communities. Despite their importance, Madagascar’s mangroves are being rapidly overexploited resulting in widespread degradation and deforestation.

The Blue Forests project continues to estimate above- and below-ground carbon stocks in Madagascar’s primary mangrove ecosystems, most of which exhibit significant degradation and in many cases whole-sale deforestation.

This desk/field based project involves analysing and comparing existing measurements from a variety of different mangrove ecosystem types and conditions. In addition, the project will involve augmenting existing data-sets to allow for statistically meaningful comparisons of carbon stock values associated with measurement plots exhibiting different stages of regeneration following harvest. The project will help fill a critical knowledge gap, directly enhancing a growing understanding of mangrove dynamics in Madagascar.