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Rates and Drivers of Mangrove Deforestation in Southeast Asia, 2000-2012

The mangrove forests of Southeast Asia are highly biodiverse and provide multiple ecosystem services upon which millions of people depend. Mangroves enhance fisheries and coastal protection, and store among the highest densities of carbon of any ecosystem globally. Mangrove forests have experienced extensive deforestation owing to global demand for commodities, and previous studies have identified the expansion of aquaculture as largely responsible. The proportional conversion of mangroves to different land use types has not been systematically quantified across Southeast Asia, however, particularly in recent years. In this study, the authors apply a combined geographic information system and remote sensing method to quantify the key proximate drivers (i.e., replacement land uses) of mangrove deforestation in Southeast Asia between 2000 and 2012.

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Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Deforestation drivers
  • Fish farming and aquaculture
  • Forest policy and administration
  • Sustainable use forest
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Indonesia
  • Myanmar
  • Thailand
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Author (individual) Daniel R. Richards
Co-author (individual) Daniel A. Friess
ISSN number 1091-6490
Publisher National Academy of Sciences
Publication date 2016
Pagination 6
Keywords forest loss,aquaculture,oil palm,indonesia
Date uploaded February 12, 2018, 17:50 (UTC)
Date modified February 12, 2018, 18:15 (UTC)