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Pacific Southwest Research Station
800 Buchanan Street
Albany, CA 94710-0011
Ecosystem Processes: Tropical Ecosystems
Forested Wetlands on Pacific Islands
We conduct research on basic ecological processes in mangrove forests and freshwater swamps. Efforts are underway to incorporate the process of adaptive management into sustainable natural resource management in developing countries.
Research is based primarily on the island of Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia, where mangrove forests (shown in green on the right) account for 15% of the land area. Freshwater swamps just inland from the mangroves probably account for another 15%. Approximately 8,000 people live on this 100-km2 island, primarily on the coastal plain behind the mangroves.
Major Areas of Research
Introducing the concept of adaptive management to Kosraeans may provide an alternative to expensive, top-down regulation of natural resource use. A group of influential citizens (right) is considering a proposal for using this technique to reguluate the harvest of mangrove crabs in individual estuaries.
Continual outreach and extension activities bring research results into classrooms and households through the Pacific islands. Micronesian natural resource managers and educators are essential and integral partners in these activities (left).
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