publication . Article . 2016

Ecosystem Services and Disservices of Mangrove Forests: Insights from Historical Colonial Observations

Daniel A. Friess;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Aug 2016 Journal: Forests (issn: 1999-4907, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: MDPI AG
Abstract
Ecosystem services are now strongly applied to mangrove forests, though they are not a new way of viewing mangrove-people interactions; the benefits provided by such habitats, and the negative interactions (ecosystem disservices) between mangroves and people have guided perceptions of mangroves for centuries. This study quantified the ecosystem services and disservices of mangroves as written by colonial explorers from 1823–1883 through a literature survey of 96 expedition reports and studies. Ecosystem disservices were most commonly discussed (60%), with settlers considering mangroves as reservoirs of diseases such as malaria, with wide-ranging implications, su...
Subjects
free text keywords: cultural services, disease, dis-service, forest, malaria, provisioning services, wetland, Plant ecology, QK900-989
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