People and blue carbon: Conservation and Settlements in the Mangrove Forests of Mexico

Periodo de realización: 1900/01/01 al 2019/01/01

Tipo: Artículo científico

Lugar(es) de estudio: México
Resumen: "Mangroves provide multiple valuable environmental services, including their high potential for the sequestration of blue carbon.However, mangrove conservation is socially demanding. Through a spatiotemporal analysis of the inhabitants of this dynamiccoastal ecosystem in Mexico, we found that the numbers of small settlements within mangroves increased during the study perioddespite a decline in mangrove stands and in the human populations inhabiting them. Extended rural developments have beenbanished to external buffer areas, whereas near-subsistence hamlets are increasingly occupying mangrove forest. The ability ofmangroves to sequester atmospheric blue carbon relies on regional socioeconomic patterns and stressors that should be considered in the development of mangrove conservation initiatives. Our study enables identification of potential areas of research —e.g., forestry buffer zones, social exclusion, permanent settlements, and integral monitoring — that can incorporate the socialdimensions of blue carbon conservation into the political and research agendas"

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