BONN, Germany (Landscape News) — Mangrove ecosystems, recognized for their capacity to store large amounts of carbon and protect shoreline erosions from rigorous ocean activity, also provide a buffer by capturing sediment high in organic carbon that can accumulate in tandem with sea level rise, according to new research.
In a new study, which will be presented at the upcoming Blue Carbon Summit in Jakarta on July 17 and 18, Daniel Murdiyarso, a principal scientist with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and a student from from Indonesia’s Bogor Agricultural University and the country’s National Nuclear Energy Agency, determined that sediment in mudflat, fringe and interior mangrove systems in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province accumulates at a rate of roughly 3.7 to 5.6 mm (an eighth to a quarter of an inch) each year.
The findings show that despite immense environmental pressure in North Sumatra related to shrimp pond production, coastal oil palm plantations and a busy harbor port, mangroves can tough it out.
The following facts about mangroves in Indonesia were originally published as a CIFOR infographic:
References: Cut emissions, not mangroves: Indonesia’s best hope for slowing climate change blog.cifor.org/31112; Available for download: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nclimate2734; Read more: blog.cifor.org/wetlands
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