Cost-Benefit Analysis: Mangrove Conservation versus Shrimp Aquaculture in Indonesia
Half of the world’s total mangrove deforestation since 2000 has been in Indonesia, where the main driver has been 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.
The study 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.
Please join ClimateLinks and CEADIR on August 20, 2020 at 9:00 AM EST for a discussion led by two authors of this cost-benefit analysis.
Benjamin Brown (Senior Advisor, Blue Forests) has expertise in mangrove ecology and restoration, especially in Indonesia. He is Co-Founder and Chief Technical Advisor to Blue Forests (Yayasan Hutan Biru), a registered non-profit NGO in Indonesia that works with local people to restore and sustainably use mangroves. He is a member of the Mangrove Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in coastal resource management at Charles Darwin University and holds a bachelor’s degree in natural resources and environment.
Dr. Gordon Smith (CEADIR Technical Lead for the Sustainable Landscapes and Director of Ecofor LLC) has worked on mitigating greenhouse gas emissions by changing land use since 1994. He has expertise in multiple aspects of forest management and forest ecology relevant to sustainable land use that sequesters carbon in lands or avoids greenhouse gas emissions. He has worked on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), soil carbon and methane, and fertilizer management. He holds a Ph.D in forest management from the University of Washington and a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Moderator: Dr. Juliann Aukema (Senior Climate Change and Sustainable Landscapes Advisor, USAID’s Global Climate Change Office) has applied research in climate change risk and adaptation, ecosystem services, forest management, economics costs of invasive forest pests, and issues related to big data. Prior to USAID, she worked in academia, for NGOs, the U.S. Forest Service, and as an independent consultant; most recently at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS-UCSB) in Santa Barbara. She was previously a Smith Fellow in Puerto Rico. She received a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Arizona studying seed dispersal and landscape ecology.
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