Coastal ecosystem for carbon storage

A newly-publish paper provides more evidence to mangrove ecosystem function as carbon sink.

This paper pointed out that conversion of the small global extent of mangroves contribute to a large proportion global carbon emission, more than that of tropical rainforest. The paper also estimated the emission of carbon from the conversion of coastal ecosystem.  The ecosystem being discussed in this paper includes tidal marsh, mangroves and seagrass.

“These coastal ecosystems are a tiny ribbon of land, only 6 percent of the land area covered by tropical forest, but the emissions from their destruction are nearly one-fifth of those attributed to deforestation worldwide,”

“One hectare, or roughly two acres of coastal marsh, can contain the same amount of carbon as 488 cars produce in a year. Comparatively, destroying a hectare of mangroves could produce as much greenhouse gas emissions as cutting down three to five hectares of tropical forest.”

Chart: Emissions from conversion of coastal ecosystems
Emissions from conversion of coastal ecosystems

CITATION: Pendleton L, Donato DC, Murray BC, Crooks S, Jenkins WA, et al. (2012) Estimating Global “Blue Carbon” Emissions from Conversion and Degradation of Vegetated Coastal Ecosystems. PLoS ONE 7(9): e43542. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0043542

Source: Mongabay.com

 

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Posted on September 17, 2012, in Mangrove News and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. kindly publish more info to understand rather than tips. i am propagating mangroves. i have 10000 two year old mangrove plants in my farm

    • Mangrove Action Squad

      Hi Anil, sorry we have not been very active lately but thanks for the feedback

    • Hi Anil, firstly, we did not publish this paper and we do not hold any right to distribute it. If you need more information and have access to the journal, you could find them on google scholar. Secondly, for your mangrove planting (hope it is doing well), we are more in favour for Ecological Mangrove Restoration (EMR) method (http://mangroveactionproject.org/map-programs/restoration/ecological-mangrove-restoration-emr) instead of usual planting technique. We have heard a lot of stories, mostly unsuccessful (low survival rate) regarding the usual planting technique. Understanding and creating the right condition for mangroves to survive is more important than planting thousands of them at the wrong place, were they most probably won’t survive.

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