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    Author(s): Ariel. E. Lugo; Ernesto Medina; Kathleen McGinley
    Date: 2014
    Source: Madera y Bosques vol. 20, num. especial : 11-38
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: International Institute of Tropical Forestry
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    Conserving Mangroves in the Context of the Anthropocene


    This essay addresses the conservation issues facing mangroves in the Anthropocene, defined as the era of human domination over the world. We review the laws, policies, international agreements, and local actions that address the conservation of mangrove forests in the Neotropics and relate them to the Anthropocene. Collaboration between governments, non-governmental organizations, and communities that depend on mangroves for their livelihood will be critical in the Anthropocene. The essay also reviews recent developments in mangrove ecology and ecophysiology that enlighten how mangroves might respond to changes in temperature and rainfall, sea level rise, and other anthropogenic and natural disturbances. Mangroves in the Anthropocene will also face changes in their species composition given the current movement of mangroves species across continental barriers as a result of human activity. These trends will lead to novel mangrove forests and in some cases expand the range of mangroves worldwide. The solution to mangrove persistence in the Anthropocene is not to isolate mangroves from people, but to regulate interactions between mangroves and humans through effective management. We will also have to expand the scope of the ecological analysis of mangrove ecosystems to include the social forces converging on the mangroves through an analytical approach that has been termed Social Ecology.

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    Lugo, Ariel. E.; Medina, Ernesto; McGinley, Kathleen. 2014. Issues and challenges of mangrove conservation in the Anthropocene - Desafios de la conservacion del mangle en el Antropoceno. Madera y Bosques vol. 20, num. especial : 11-38.


    carbon fluxes, climate change, community participation, ecophysiology, mangrove cover and cover change, novel ecosystems, oligo and eutrophy, protected areas, salinity stress

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