Study

US-Mexico joint Gulf of Mexico large marine ecosystem based assessment and management: experience in community involvement and mangrove wetland restoration in Términos lagoon, Mexico

  • Published source details Zaldívar-Jiménez A., Ladrón-de-Guevara-Porras P., Pérez-Ceballos R., Díaz-Mondragón S. & Rosado-Solórzano R. (2017) US-Mexico joint Gulf of Mexico large marine ecosystem based assessment and management: experience in community involvement and mangrove wetland restoration in Términos lagoon, Mexico. Environmental Development, 22, 206-213.

Actions

This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Facilitate tidal exchange to restore degraded brackish/saline swamps

Action Link
Marsh and Swamp Conservation
  1. Facilitate tidal exchange to restore degraded brackish/saline swamps

    A before-and-after, site comparison study in southeast Mexico (Zaldívar-Jiménez et al. 2017) reported that following dredging of tidal channels to restore more natural tidal exchange to a degraded mangrove forest, mangrove seedlings colonized. Before dredging, there were no mangrove seedlings present in the study site. After dredging, there were 82 seedlings/100 m2. They were 56 cm tall on average. In a nearby undisturbed mangrove, there were 3,400 seedlings/100 m2. These were 40 cm tall on average. Methods: Around 2010, tidal channels were dredged in the 1,300-ha degraded mangrove forest on the edge of Términos Lagoon. This increased the flooding frequency and reduced flooding duration towards levels in undisturbed mangroves, but reduced sediment salinity below levels in undisturbed mangroves. Local communities were also engaged in restoration activities and decision-making. The study does not report details of vegetation monitoring.

    (Summarised by: Nigel Taylor)

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