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Assessing natural regeneration within areas of deforested mangrove

Supervisor: Trevor Jones
Location: desk (UK) and/or desk/field (Madagascar)
Duration: min 3-6 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. Critical to ongoing efforts is understanding rates of and favourable conditions for natural mangrove regeneration following deforestation.

This desk/field based project involves working closely with our geospatial analysts and socio-economic scientists examining 30+ years of remotely sensed data to establish whether known deforested areas naturally regenerate, and if so, what ecological and/or land-use characteristics differentiate these sites from those where natural regeneration does not occur.
Results will facilitate assessing the feasibility and long-term viability of mangrove-oriented REDD+ projects throughout Madagascar and the WIO.

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