Half the world’s total mangrove deforestation since 2000 has taken place in Indonesia, where the main driver is conversion for shrimp ponds. A new cost-benefit analysis by the USAID-funded Climate Economic Analysis Development, Investment, and Resilience (CEADIR) Activity sheds light on the financial and economic value of mangrove conservation, including impacts on near-shore fishing and greenhouse gas emissions.
During this second event in a series of joint Climatelinks-CEADIR webinars, two authors of this assessment will explain findings from this study, which focused on Bintuni Bay and Mimika District in Papua and West Papua in Indonesia. These locations have some of the largest intact areas of mangroves in the country and relatively little mangrove deforestation. They also have relatively large proportions of indigenous ethnic groups, a special autonomous governance status, and high biodiversity. Bintuni Bay has a mangrove harvesting concession for wood chips that has operated at a sustainable extraction rate since 1988.
Dr. Eric Hyman
Dr. Eric Hyman is an Economist in the USAID Economic Growth, Education, and Environment Bureau’s Economic Policy Office. Dr. Hyman was previously Economist and Environmental Officer at the U.S. African Development Foundation and Chief of Program Evaluation at EnterpriseWorks Worldwide/Appropriate Technology International. He has a Ph.D and M.R.P in Environmental Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a B.A. in Economics and Environmental Science from the University of Virginia.