Colonization of Non-Planted Mangrove Species into Restored Mangrove Stands in Gazi Bay, Kenya
As mangroves are being recognized as some of the world’s most productive ecosystems, restoration efforts are being undertaken around the world. Not all projects are successful, however. This study will potentially help mangrove restoration practitioners with species selection.
Goals & Methods
This study investigates the potential for natural recruitment of non-planted mangrove species into 5-year-old reforested mangrove stands in Kenya’s Gazi Bay. Three different species of mangrove tree plantations were compared, as well as two control sites: a bare mudflat and a natural mangrove forest.
Conclusions & Takeaways
The results show no re-colonization in any of the bare sites, whereas a number of non-planted species had recruited into both the reforested and natural stands. This suggests that the mangrove restoration modified the hydrological and physio-chemical site conditions enough to facilitate the establishment of mangrove propagules.
Colonization of non-planted mangrove species into restored mangrove stands in Gazi Bay, Kenya. Aquatic Botany. 2003;76:267–279. doi:10.1016/s0304-3770(03)00054-8..
- Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Laboratory of General Botany and Nature Management, Mangrove Management Group, Brussels, Belgium