Mangroves and huts

Boone Kauffman

Latin name: Rhizophora

Mangroves are coastal tropical forests providing numerous ecosystem services to people throughout the tropical world. This includes values as fisheries habitats, flood control, storm protection and influences on water quality. Mangroves also have among the largest carbon stocks of any tropical forest. Unfortunately, rates of deforestation are quite high. Boone Kauffman has been quantifying carbon dynamics and values of mangroves in southeast Asia, Latin America, and Western Africa. His work has highlighted the importance of mangroves and global carbon stocks and the values of their inclusion in climate change adaptation and mitigation projects.