Mangrove restoration: establishment of a mangrove nursery on acid sulphate soils

Nguyen, T.P., Tong, V.A., Quoi, L.P., and Parnell, K.E. (2016) Mangrove restoration: establishment of a mangrove nursery on acid sulphate soils. Journal of Tropical Forest Science, 28 (3). pp. 275-284.

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Mangrove restoration requires the cultivation of healthy seedlings and propagules for transplantation. Nurseries established near the restoration sites provide local employment and involvement. Using a participatory action research methodology, this study showed the successful establishment and operation of a mangrove nursery on the landward side of a sea dyke, on acid sulphate soils normally considered unsuitable for mangrove growth. This nursery in Vam Ray area, Kien Giang province, Vietnam produced 37,500 seedlings of five mangrove species, Avicennia marina, Rhizophora apiculata, Bruguiera cylindrica, Sonneratia alba and Nypa fruticans. The seedlings had 100% survival and were available for transplantation within three months, at a reasonable cost. The nursery procedures and techniques were based on local practices and knowledge. The study showed that a successful nursery on acid sulphate soils was achievable. Key differences compared with other mangrove nursery projects were land-based location, use of sea-bed mud to improve acid sulphate soils, use of local resources and locally traded products to minimise cost, reduced waste, local livelihood improvement and planting of multiple individuals per pot for selected species.

Item ID: 45549
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0128-1283
Keywords: Mekong Delta, community participation, livelihoods, local knowledge, muddy coastal erosion, mangrove seedling production
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2016 07:34
FoR Codes: 37 EARTH SCIENCES > 3709 Physical geography and environmental geoscience > 370999 Physical geography and environmental geoscience not elsewhere classified @ 50%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410405 Environmental rehabilitation and restoration @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960503 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960902 Coastal and Estuarine Land Management @ 50%
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