Coastal Ecosystem–Based Management with Nonlinear Ecological Functions and Values

Coastal Ecosystem–Based Management with Nonlinear Ecological Functions and Values

Primary Country: Thailand
Ecosystem: mangrove
Sample Value Estimates:
  1. $18.98 million: aggregate value of the mangrove system is at its highest when it is completely preserved
  2. $9.6 million: potential profits of investors if total conversion of mangrove system were to occur
Data source: Thank you to the Joint Research Centre for sharing their collection of studies.

Publication information

Barbier, E.B. Koch, E. W.Silliman, B.Hacker, S.Wolanski, E.Primavera, J.Granek, E.Polasky, S.Aswani, S.Cramer, L.Stoms, D. “Coastal Ecosystem–Based Management with Nonlinear Ecological Functions and Values” Science 319: 321-323, 2008

Addtional Notes

Abstract: ... By incorporating nonlinear wave attenuation in estimating
coastal protection values of mangroves in Thailand, we show that the optimal land use option may
instead be the integration of development and conservation consistent with ecosystem-based
management goals. This result suggests that reconciling competing demands on coastal habitats
should not always result in stark preservation-versus-conversion choices.

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