Preliminary assessment of biomass and carbon content of mangroves in Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa
A Report for the MESCAL Project, IUCN Oceania Office, Suva Report No. 13/24 May 2013.This report documents important findings from the program of works for 2012-2013 directed by Dr Norm Duke with each of the five MESCAL country teams involving their training, support and consultation, prescription of methodology and approach, as well as the compilation and preliminary assessment of data received.This report adds to previous progress reports summarising new findings and observations about biodiversity, structure and condition of mangrove ecosystems in the five MESCAL countries, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands. These new data specifically provide for the derivation of estimates of living biomass and preliminary carbon values in all five countries. While prior reports addressed biodiversity of mangrove plants and the discovery of new species for each country, this report focuses on the biomass and potential carbon stores present in key vegetation units of mangrove habitats of the region.