Costs and carbon benefits of mangrove conservation and restoration: A global analysis

Jakovac, Catarina C., Latawiec, Agnieszka Ewa, Lacerda, Eduardo, Leite Lucas, Isabella, Korys, Katarzyna Anna, Iribarrem, Alvaro, Malaguti, Gustavo Abreu, Turner, R. Kerry, Luisetti, Tiziana and Baeta Neves Strassburg, Bernardo (2020) Costs and carbon benefits of mangrove conservation and restoration: A global analysis. Ecological Economics, 176. ISSN 0921-8009

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Blue carbon in mangroves represents one of highest values of carbon stocks per hectare, and could play an important role in climate change mitigation. In this study we estimated the carbon prices needed to promote mangrove conservation and restoration under mechanisms of payment for ecosystem services (PES). We mapped the remaining and deforested mangroves across the globe in 2017, and crossed this information with carbon stocks in the biomass and soil and with land opportunity and restoration costs. In accordance with previous studies we found that Southeast Asia holds the largest opportunities for blue carbon programs to support conservation and restoration. Conserving remaining mangroves would avoid the release of up to 15.51 PgCO2 to the atmosphere, and could be achieved at carbon prices between 3.0 and 13.0 US$ per tCO2 for 90% of remaining mangroves. Restoring mangroves can sequester up to 0.32 PgCO2 globally. Carbon prices between 4.5 and 18.0 US$ per tCO2 could support the restoration of 90% of deforested mangroves. Such prices, however, may not apply to contexts of high-profit alternative land-uses. In such contexts, the valuation of co-benefits and the combination of carbon-based mechanisms and sustainable management may be a viable pathway.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: break-even price,deforestation,global mangrove map,land opportunity cost,map of worlds,payment for ecosystem services,redd+,environmental science(all),economics and econometrics,sdg 13 - climate action,sdg 15 - life on land ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2300
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE)
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Environmental Social Sciences
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Collaborative Centre for Sustainable Use of the Seas
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2020 23:58
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 07:05
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2020.106758

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