Local Mangrove Planting in the Philippines: Are Fisherfolk and Fishpond Owners Effective Restorationists?

Walters, B.B.

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Local fisherfolk and fishpond owners have been practicing “restoration” of mangrove forests in some parts of the Philippines for decades, well before governments and NGO’s began to promote the activity as a conservation tool. This paper examines ecological characteristics of these mangrove plantations and compares them to natural mangroves in the same areas. Important ecological and economic benefits result from local mangrove planting, but “catalyzing diverse forest regeneration” – at least in the short to medium term – is not one of them. The lesson: if you want to restore diverse mangrove forests, you have to plant diverse mangrove forests.

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Peer-reviewed Article

Restoration Ecology