Is Matang mangrove forest in Malaysia sustainably rejuvenating after more than a century of conservation and harvesting management?

Arnaud Goessens, B. Satyanarayana, Tom Van Der Stocken, Zuniga M. Quispe, H. Mohd-Lokman, Ibrahim Sulong, Farid Dahdouh-Guebas

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Abstract

Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve (MMFR) in Peninsular Malaysia is under systematic management since 1902 and still considered as the best managed mangrove forest in the world. The present study on silvimetrics assessed the ongoing MMFR forest management, which includes a first thinning after 15 years, a second thinning after 20 years and clear-felling of 30-year old forest blocks, for its efficiency and productivity in comparison to natural mangroves. The estimated tree structural parameters (e.g. density, frequency) from three different-aged mangrove blocks of fifteen (MF15), twenty (MF20), and thirty (MF30) years old indicated that Bruguiera and Excoecaria spp. did not constitute a significant proportion of the vegetation (
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere105069
Number of pages14
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume9
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Aug 2014

Keywords

  • Conservation
  • Management
  • Mangrove
  • Matang
  • Clear-felling
  • Environmental change
  • Climate change

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