Public perceptions of mangrove forests matter for their conservation

Dahdouh-guebas, Farid, Ajonina, Gordon N., Amir, A. Aldrie, Andradi-brown, Dominic A., Aziz, Irfan, Balke, Thorsten, Barbier, Edward B., Cannicci, Stefano, Cragg, Simon M., Cunha-Lignon, Marília, Curnick, David J., Duarte, Carlos M., Duke, Norman C., Endsor, Charlie, Fratini, Sara, Feller, Ilka C., Fromard, François, Hugé, Jean, Huxham, Mark, Kairo, James G., Kajita, Tadashi, Kathiresan, Kandasamy, Koedam, Nico, Lee, Shing Yip, Lin, Hsing-Juh, Mackenzie, Jock R., Mangora, Mwita M., Marchand, Cyril, Meziane, Tarik, Minchinton, Todd E., Pettorelli, Nathalie, Polanía, Jaime, Polgar, Gianluca, Poti, Meenakshi, Primavera, Jurgenne, Quarto, Alfredo, Rog, Stefanie M., Satyanarayana, Behara, Schaeffer-Novelli, Yara, Spalding, Mark D., Van der Stocken, Tom, Wodehouse, Dominic, Yong, Jean W.H., Zimmer, Martin, and Friess, Daniel A. (2020) Public perceptions of mangrove forests matter for their conservation. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7. 603651.

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Abstract

[Extract] Iconic species and landscapes attract public attention to help reverse the degradation of ecosystems and their biodiversity (Thompson and Rog, 2019); sharing their images on social media can act as a powerful way to influence perceptions and drive positive actions by the public (Wu et al., 2018). Social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have been used to great effect to communicate the urgency required to halt and reverse tropical forest loss (Lamb et al., 2005) and the plight of coral reefs (Curnock et al., 2019). Ecosystems such as seagrass meadows, mudflats, and mangrove forests receive substantially less media exposure (Duarte et al., 2008). Yet these under-recognized ecosystems are hugely important for local and global societies, providing benefits such as shoreline protection (Barbier, 2016), fisheries (Carrasquilla-Henao and Juanes, 2017), carbon capture and storage (Duarte et al., 2013), alongside supporting rich marine and terrestrial biodiversity (Sievers et al., 2019; Thompson and Rog, 2019) (Figure 1). Apart from these important ecosystem functions, goods and services, mangrove forests are home to a huge diversity of organisms with ecologically and evolutionarily unique adaptations to life in the intertidal zone, including vivipary and salt tolerance in trees, air-breathing in crabs and amphibious behavior in fish (mudskippers); this makes mangrove forests a dynamic and fascinating evolutionary laboratory.

Item ID: 66639
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 2296-7745
Keywords: communication, ecosystem disservice, ecosystem service, mangrove, social media
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2020 Dahdouh-Guebas, Ajonina, Amir, Andradi-Brown, Aziz, Balke, Barbier, Cannicci, Cragg, Cunha-Lignon, Curnick, Duarte, Duke, Endsor, Fratini,Feller, Fromard, Hugé, Huxham, Kairo, Kajita, Kathiresan, Koedam, Lee, Lin,Mackenzie, Mangora, Marchand, Meziane, Minchinton, Pettorelli, Polanía, Polgar,Poti, Primavera, Quarto, Rog, Satyanarayana, Schaeffer-Novelli, Spalding, Vander Stocken, Wodehouse, Yong, Zimmer and Friess. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2021 03:59
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4199 Other environmental sciences > 419999 Other environmental sciences not elsewhere classified @ 30%
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310305 Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology) @ 30%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4499 Other human society > 449999 Other human society not elsewhere classified @ 40%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1302 Communication > 130299 Communication not elsewhere classified @ 30%
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1699 Other education and training > 169999 Other education and training not elsewhere classified @ 30%
18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1802 Coastal and estuarine systems and management > 180201 Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems @ 40%
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