The mangrove diversity and restoration experiment at Gazi Bay was established in July 2004. Three mangrove species were planted at an open, degraded site that had been mangrove forest ca. 35 years before. Its key goals were to study (1) the potential for mangrove restoration and (2) the effects of species richness on ecosystem recovery.
The experiment is set up following a randomised block design with 8 treatments and 4 replicates of each treatment.
|Schematic illustration of the experimental layout (not to scale)|
|former land use||natural mangrove forest that had been cut down|
|soil type||marine sediment/sand|
|no of plots||32|
|plot size||6 m x 6 m|
|no of trees planted||3 388|
|planting date||July 2004|
|diversity variables||species richness|
|diversity gradient||1, 2, 3 sp.|
|size species pool||3|
|species pool||Avicennia marina, Bruguiera gymnorrhiza, Ceriops tagal|
|contact person||Mark Huxham|
Studies focus on the effects of tree species richness on tree survival and growth, sediment moisture, and fauna.
Send an e-mail to the contact person, visit the website of the East African Forum for Payment for Ecosystem Services, or explore the publications:
|The Gazi Bay Experiment|