Mangrove management: Challenges and guidelines

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Although they comprise less than 1% of the world’s tropical forests, mangrove ecosystems provide significant ecosystem services to coastal regions and the people residing there. Despite their contributions, worldwide mangrove losses are significant. This manuscript describes some of the diverse factors that create challenges to effective mangrove management, such as their open access nature, the absence of assignment of property and use rights to local communities, the difficulty recognizing and comparing the values of the long-term nonconsumptive services that mangroves provide with the immediate short-term benefits of mangrove destruction and conversion to alternative uses, and the overlapping authority and contradictory missions of the multiple government institutions responsible for mangrove ecosystems. In recent decades the efforts of several international organizations have led to a series of principles around which good consensus exists. This manuscript explores the most important principles and concludes with descriptions of various approaches to the management of mangrove ecosystems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCoastal Wetlands
Subtitle of host publicationAn Integrated Ecosystem Approach
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9780444638939
ISBN (Print)9780444638946
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • Community-based management
  • Ecosystem restoration
  • Ecosystem services
  • Mangrove management
  • Mangroves
  • Property regimes
  • Resource valuation
  • Silviculture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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