Workshop: Mangrove restoration for ecological services

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Mangrove restoration for ecological services

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This workshop is part of the International Marine Science Conference 2020. Please, if you want to attend the event you must be registered at the conference. Registration is open until September 19th. All the information related to the event can be found at the following link


There is important evidence of the role of mangroves in generating critical ecosystem services for the well-being of society. However, this world wide recognized importance in contrast to the continuing threat of logging and transformation. Global statistics reveal that between 1996 and 2006 there was a net loss of more than 6,000 km2 of mangroves, due to urban expansion, aquaculture, agriculture. The general loss of mangroves has generated negative environmental, climatic and social impacts, promoting the development of restoration actions. The global loss of mangroves has generated negative environmental, climatic and social impacts, promoting the development of restoration actions. In this session, we will know different experiences to improve our understanding of mangroves ecology, function and socio-ecosystem services.

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Daniel A. Friess Is an Associate Professor and heads up the Mangrove Lab - a group of researchers at National University of Singapore, investigating biophysical and anthropogenic processes in coastal wetlands throughout Southeast Asia, including: - Threats (sea level rise, land cover change, fragmentation) - Ecosystem services (carbon, trade offs, incorporation of wetlands into PES) - Restoration (physical/ecological constraints to restoration). Click here for more information.

Jorge Alfredo Herrera Silveira: Member of the National System of Researchers: Level 3. Department of Marine Resources CINVESTAV Merida - Mexico. Expert of organizations like UNESCO, Ramsar, Commission of Environmental Cooperation Mexico-Canada-USA, (CEC) in topics of Mangrove Restoration, Red Tides, Water Quality, and "Blue Carbon". Coordinator of the program for characterization and monitoring of the mangroves of the CONABIO Yucatan Peninsula. Co-responsible for the Marine and Coastal area of the Mexican Carbon Program.

José Ernesto Mancera Pineda: Professor at the National University of Colombia (UNAL), currently National Director of Research and Laboratories of the University. Doctor in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Louisiana - USA, Magister in Marine Biology from the National University of Colombia. Coordinator of the Colombian Network of Estuaries and Mangroves. Colombia focal point on the issue of Harmful Algal Blooms, current president of the HAB IOCARIBE-ANCA (Harmful Algae of the Caribbean) group of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO. Senior researcher, leader of the Coastal Ecosystem Modeling Research Group. He is interested in Ecological restoration; Ecosystem Modeling.

Philine S. E. zu Ermgassen: Currently works at the School of GeoSciences, The University of Edinburgh. Philine does research in Marine Conservation. She is particularly interested in the role of threatened coastal habitats in generating fish.

David Alejandro Sánchez-Núñez: Biologist, Ph.D. in Marine Biology. Researcher at INVEMAR, interested on wave dissipation by mangroves; mangrove loss and vertical erosion; Pollination patterns and reproductive phenology.

Juan Felipe Blanco-Libreros: Full Proffesor at Universidad de Antioquia. Ph.D.Population and Environmental Biology, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico. M.Sc. in Biology, Universidad del Valle, Colombia. Research Interests: Topics: Ecology of estuaries and mangroves, Macroecology, Ecology of the coastal landscape, Integrative ecology of diadromous fauna, Watershed Hydrology.

Paula Cristina Sierra: Marine Biologist UTadeo, Master in Geoinformatics from the University of Twente, Holland, and Doctor of Marine Sciences. Coordinator of research and information at INVEMAR. Since 2015, she is the coordinator of the regional training center of the Ocean Teacher Global Academy (OTGA) strategy of the IOC-IODE-UNESCO. Since 2018 member of the editorial committee of the second edition of the Global Report on Ocean Sciences. Research area: Ecosystem-based adaptation and mitigation to climate change in marine and coastal environments; coastal planning-planning and capacity building for decision making.

Véronique Helfer: Senior Scientist, Leiterin (Biologielabor), Department: Ecology, Working Groups: WG Mangrove Ecology. Research interests: Investigation of the composition of mangrove communities in space and time using metabarcoding of environmental DNA from sediment cores; Predictions of the composition of mangrove communities in space and time using species distribution modeling taking into account inter-species interactions.

Martin Zimmer: Head of Department and Working Group, Professor of Mangrove Ecology (University of Bremen). Areas of Interest: Intertidal and coastal ecosystems; decomposition processes; Nutrient flow; Biotic interactions, including herbivory and predator-prey relationships, competition and promotion, symbiosis, and interactions between animals and microorganisms; Community ecology and species distribution.

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