Assessing the Success of Mangrove Rehabilitation Projects in Northern Luzon, Philippines: Comparative Rates of Carbon-Deposition in Natural versus Planted Mangrove Stands
Funding Institution: Commission on Higher Education
Duration: December 2012 – June 2015
Faculty involved:  Dr. Severino Salmo III (Project Leader)

The study will provide a rare opportunity to understand the dynamics and trajectory of developing mangroves from a degraded system and compare it with natural mangroves. It will provide a critical understanding of the inherent ecosystem dynamics in restoration ecology. It will contribute to the generation of knowledge in understanding how ‘barren’ areas planted with mangroves might be changed and improved in terms of forest vegetation structure and productivity and estimate its contribution in sequestering atmospheric CO2.  By measuring impacts, mangrove managers will realize how long, and at what extent, would planted mangroves perform at certain ages, and how much is being loss or miss when natural mangroves are converted into other uses.