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SPICE III Indonesia | TIMES – Terrestrial Influences on Mangrove Ecology and Sustainability of their resources | Carbon sequestration as a function of land use change in mangroves

Leitung:Dr. Jens Boy, Dr. Robert Mikutta, Prof. Dr. Georg Guggenberger
Laufzeit:2013 - 2016

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This project aims at understanding the processes of carbon (C) sequestration in representative mangrove ecosystems in Indonesia (Segara Anakan Lagoon, Java, Togian Islands, Sulawesi, Berau, Kalimantan) as a function of mangrove conversion, in order to develop and test an easy-to-use tool for pricing of C related environmental services (CRES) in REDD and PES schemes. We will investigate into the C sequestration potential of mangrove by linking C stocks to sources, composition, and turnover of organic matter (OM) species in soil. Furthermore, we aim to clarify to which extent these functions are triggered by plant and microorganisms (bacteria and fungi) species composition in pristine and used (including completely deforested) mangroves. This process-based understanding of utilization thresholds is a prerequisite for successful future management scenarios dealing with C sequestration in mangrove ecosystems. Moreover, it will be tested whether identification of aboveground species composition could act as a valid indicator for CRES, both in economically based decision making on broader scale and local cost-efficient monitoring of the consecutive provision of CRES.