Restoration of degraded mangrove ecosystems

Publicado: 04 Enero 2016
Última edición: 08 Febrero 2022
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The mangrove stands of Nichupté Lagoon have been chronically stressed due to degradation and pollution associated with coastal development and tourism infrastructure, reducing the resilience of the mangrove ecosystem to disturbances such as hurricane Wilma that degraded large mangrove areas as well as adjacent reef formations. To support the recovery of the mangrove ecosystem, the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) began to implement restoration and conservation activities.


América del Norte
Scale of implementation
Ecosistemas marinos y costeros
Especies exóticas invasoras
Gestión y planificación de áreas protegidas y conservadas
Mitigación del cambio climático
Reducción de desastres
Servicios ecosistémicos
Ciclones tropicales / tifones
Contaminación (incluida la eutrofización y la basura)
Pérdida de ecosistemas
Deficiente gobernanza y participación


Quintana Roo, México


loss of biodiversity & ecosystem services, degradation & pollution, impacts of hurricanes


local fishermen and tourism operators as well as the entire local population depending on protection from natural disasters

¿ Cómo interactúan los building blocks en la solución?



- Recovery of vegetation cover and return of fauna - Restoration of ecosystem and environmental services - Environmental education and raised awareness of community members who have been involved in the field work. This field work included e.g. the joint collection and analysis of information on the causes and effects of invasive species in the ecosystem. Seeing environmental issues in the field, community members experienced the impacts and its effects, supporting a change of mind on their behavior.


»The restoration of degraded mangrove areas demands personnel and professional commitment. Working under extreme conditions in the mud while trying to achieve not only the technical project objectives but also to inspire others to do so was not an easy task,« states Teresa Patricia Santos Gonzáles, Head of Department at the Área de Protección de Flora y Fauna Manglares de Nichupté. »The results, however, have made our efforts worthwhile. Databases and graphs of the monitoring results and pictures taken before and after the project‘s implementation phase indicate the recovery of the mangrove cover – and the survival and growth of reforested individuals with an average survival of more than 89 per cent, as well as returning local mangrove fauna. And I can conclude that even though the field work was hard, I fell in love with this muddy ecosystem.«

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