Stream 4: Integration
- Adel Zeggaf Tahiri
- Agri.Environ.Engineering S.AR.L, Morocco
There is an urgent need to stop coastal ecosystems degradation for the benefit of nature and humankind. Mangrove restoration projects comprise multiple components related to environment, biology, sociology, economy…etc. Success or failure of these projects depends on the completion of each one of the mentioned components, which make it a more complex task. Innovative approaches also exist and need to be proved. However, numerous restoration projects fail such as in the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam …etc. to the point that the usefulness of such efforts is being discussed. Questions need to be raised and discussed at all levels: scientific, technical and practical. We think “ECSA 57: Changing estuaries, coasts and shelf systems - Diverse threats and opportunities” is a good forum for it. A compilation of mangrove restoration experiences is foremost for defining key success of such projects and refining procedures for mangrove development worldwide. This session will be a good opportunity for scientists and professionals to meet and share knowledge and experience to move forward. It will also be an occasion to remember a man who dedicated his life to help poor people in deserts through mangrove plantation, late “Dr. Gordon Hisashi Sato”.