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Sustainable Mangrove Rehabilitation: Lessons And Insights From Community-based Management In The Philippines And Myanmar

Leni D. Camacho, Dixon T. Gevaña, Lorena L. Sabino, Clarissa D. Ruzol, Josephine E. Garcia, April Charmaine D. Camacho, Thaung Naing Oo, Aye Chan Maung, K. G. Saxena, Luohui Liang, Evonne Yiu, Kazuhiko Takeuchi

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This study generally aims to synthesize the best practices and challenges in mangrove rehabilitation in the Philippines, Myanmar, Japan, China and India. It employed an in-depth review of secondary information such as policy documents and project reports, and participatory research activities with various mangrove stakeholders such as key informant interview and focus group discussion. Lessons and strategies obtained were used to develop a mangrove rehabilitation framework/guideline. The guideline was tested for suitability through case studies in the Philippines and Myanmar. It was concluded that mangrove rehabilitation will succeed if 1) it is built around an integrated and ecosystem-based approach that takes into account feedback between rehabilitation and other economic activities; 2) its scope is beyond mere planting; 3) local people are involved in planning and monitoring in addition to implementation; 4) all stakeholders are informed of their roles and responsibilities; and 5) species selection is based on ecological and silvicultural knowledge in conjunction with the needs and priorities identified by stakeholders.