Mangrove Reforestation & Monitoring
Mangroves are a critical habitat of tropical coasts’ liminal/intertidal zone. These ecosystems provide critical environmental services, such as pelagic and reef fish nurseries, shoreline protection, carbon sequestration, and nutrient cycling. Unfortunately, more than a third of the world’s mangroves have already been lost and are declining at a rate of about 1-2% per year.
Our course provides students with an overview of the most up-to-date and scientifically proven restoration methods and gives participants a hands-on opportunity to assist in their reforestation.
None (this course is open to non-divers)
- Understand the role mangrove play in a coastal ecosystem
- Learn about the mangrove coverage in the local region and the threats they are facing
- Understand the biological features of mangrove forests and zonation
- Understand the biota within a mangrove forest
- Understand the vital functions of a mangrove forest and the cause/effects of the threats they are facing
- Understand how to stop mangrove destruction and what active steps are required for reforestation
- Attend the practical session to understand the steps required for reforestation using mangrove nurseries
- Learn how to collect and handle seedlings
- Learn how to monitor density, biodiversity and growth/deforestation rates of mangrove forests
- Complete e-Learning
Expected course time is about 4 hours