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From BC's Gulf Islands to Madagascar's mangroves

  • Wednesday, 26 March 2014 11:27
Jones, T. 2014. Branchlines Vol 25 (1) – Spring 2014

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While blue forests collectively refer to all marine vegetation, including sea-grasses, marshes, sea-weeds and mangroves, Trevor’s work in Madagascar focussed on mangroves. Mangroves are inter-tidal ecosystems found in over 120 countries between 30° N and S latitude. These ecosystems provide a staggering range of goods (eg, construction and fuel materials; food and medicine) and services (eg, protection from storms and erosion; filtering water; breeding, nesting and nursing grounds) for coastal communities. These ecosystems are also globally significant as they support high biodiversity for both plants and animals and sequester significant amounts of CO2.