A tentatively optimistic outlook for mangrove conservation

By Emma Odenweller

Dr. Ogurcak working in the field

The conservation outlook for mangroves has shifted to a more optimistic track. However, there are still challenges when it comes to ensuring the progress that’s been made isn’t lost. 

Danielle Ogurcak, a postdoctoral associate in FIU’s Institute of Environment, co-authored a correspondence in Current Biology looking at some of the reasons for this shift. They cite successful rehabilitation and conservation projects, heightened public and governmental awareness, as well as mangroves being recognized as a high-priority ecosystem.  

The researchers point out that mangrove forests are still threatened in many parts of the world and call for projects that address current social and political issues associated with rehabilitation, such as land ownership, lack of training, and unrealistic goal-setting, to name a few. They also emphasize the need to take into account changing sea levels for future conservation projects.

Ogurcak’s research focuses on understanding the role of disturbance and resource availability on forest dynamics. 

The correspondence was published on February 24th in Current Biology.