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Analysis of the agents, drivers and underlying causes of mangrove deforestation in Madagascar’s northwest

Supervisors: Aude Carro, Trevor Jones and Garth Cripps
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.

This project involves working closely with Malagasy and international scientists and conservationists to identify the primary natural and anthropogenic agents (i.e., who), drivers (i.e., what) and underlying causes (i.e., why) of mangrove deforestation in the NW. The research will involve collating existing data and summarizing results from  culturally sensitive and robust surveys. Once identified, these agents, drivers and underlying causes will be analysed to determine the most significant contributors to  mangrove loss. Project results will directly contribute towards ongoing research analysing the complex relationships between coastal communities and mangrove  resources and will also help further define input variables for models predicting future deforestation and emission scenarios.

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