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Document type
Journal articles

Document subtype
Full paper

Title
Assessing Ecosystem Services in Mangroves: Insights from São Tomé Island (Central Africa)

Participants in the publication
Filipa Afonso (Author)
MARE-ULisboa - Centro de Ciências do Mar e Ambiente-ULisboa
Pedro M. Félix (Author)
MARE-ULisboa - Centro de Ciências do Mar e Ambiente-ULisboa
Paula Chainho (Author)
MARE-ULisboa - Centro de Ciências do Mar e Ambiente-ULisboa
Joshua A. Heumüller (Author)
Ricardo F. de Lima (Author)
Dep. Biologia Animal
CE3C - Centro de Ecologia, Evolução e Alterações Ambientais
Filipe Ribeiro (Author)
MARE-ULisboa - Centro de Ciências do Mar e Ambiente-ULisboa
Ana C. Brito (Author)
Dep. Biologia Vegetal
MARE-ULisboa - Centro de Ciências do Mar e Ambiente-ULisboa

Scope
International

Refereeing
No

Summary
Mangroves are some of the most productive coastal systems on the planet and provide valuable ecosystem services (ES). They are especially important in threatened ecosystems and developing countries, where they are likely to have direct impacts on local communities. An approach based on ES allows assessing ecosystems across the domains of ecology, sociology and economy. This study focused on the evaluation of ES in mangroves and started by creating a comprehensive global list of mangrove ES based on the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. These services were then quantified using the best available indicators for mangrove systems. The mangroves of Diogo Nunes, São João dos Angolares and Malanza, located in the São Tomé Island, were used to illustrate the challenges in applying ES indicators in this type of ecosystems. The obtained results confirmed that mangroves can provide important and diverse services. However, the high variability among mangrove systems affects their ability to deliver ES, requiring caution for the extrapolation across regions. This assessment emphasizes how the ES framework can be used as a tool to develop management plans that integrate conservation goals and human wellbeing.

Editor(s)
Angel Pérez-Ruzafa

Date of Submisson/Request
2019-09-30
Date of Acceptance
2021-01-04
Date of Publication
2021-02-25

Institution
FACULDADE DE CIÊNCIAS DA UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA

Where published
Frontiers in Environmental Science

Publication Identifiers
ISSN - 2296-665X

Publisher
Frontiers Media SA

Volume
9
Number
501673

Number of pages
16

Document Identifiers
DOI - https://doi.org/10.3389/fenvs.2021.501673
URL - http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fenvs.2021.501673

Rankings
SCOPUS Q1 (2019) - 4.4 - General Environmental Science

Keywords
environmental conservation ecosystem services indicator quantification of ecosystem services transitional systems gulf of guinea

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APA
Filipa Afonso, Pedro M. Félix, Paula Chainho, Joshua A. Heumüller, Ricardo F. de Lima, Filipe Ribeiro, Ana C. Brito, (2021). Assessing Ecosystem Services in Mangroves: Insights from São Tomé Island (Central Africa). Frontiers in Environmental Science, 9, ISSN 2296-665X. eISSN . http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fenvs.2021.501673

IEEE
Filipa Afonso, Pedro M. Félix, Paula Chainho, Joshua A. Heumüller, Ricardo F. de Lima, Filipe Ribeiro, Ana C. Brito, "Assessing Ecosystem Services in Mangroves: Insights from São Tomé Island (Central Africa)" in Frontiers in Environmental Science, vol. 9, 2021. 10.3389/fenvs.2021.501673

BIBTEX
@article{47900, author = {Filipa Afonso and Pedro M. Félix and Paula Chainho and Joshua A. Heumüller and Ricardo F. de Lima and Filipe Ribeiro and Ana C. Brito}, title = {Assessing Ecosystem Services in Mangroves: Insights from São Tomé Island (Central Africa)}, journal = {Frontiers in Environmental Science}, year = 2021, volume = 9 }