Sustainable Logging of Mangroves: An Oxymoron or a Solution?
Most of the work of the Mangrove Action Project is focused on conservation and rehabilitation of mangroves. It seems antithetical that logging and timber operations could possibly pose a sustainable solution to mangrove degradation. Environmentally-minded citizens have probably heard that deforestation contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emissions; estimates range from 12% to 30%, with recent estimate close to 15% to 20%. Mangrove deforestation has contributed to coastal degradation and loss of a variety of ecosystem services that are important not only to the environment but to the livelihoods of local inhabitants. Mangrove forests have also been identified as tremendous carbon sinks; deforestation activities release this sequestered carbon to the atmosphere. How then might logging actually improve the fate of mangrove forests? Continue reading