Mangrove selective logging sustains biomass carbon recovery, soil carbon, and sediment

Murdiyarso D., Sasmito S.D., Sillanpää M., MacKenzie R., Gaveau D.

Center for International Forestry Research, Jl. CIFOR, Situgede, Bogor 16115, Indonesia; Department of Geophysics and Meteorology, IPB University, Bogor, 16680, Indonesia; NUS Environmental Research Institute, National University of Singapore, 21 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore, 119077, Singapore; Green Forest Product & Tech. Pte. Ltd., 3 Shenton Way, Singapore, 068805, Singapore; Department of Geography, National University of Singapore, 1 Arts Link, Singapore, 117570, Singapore; USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Center, Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, 60 Nowelo St., Hilo, HI 96720, United States; TheTreeMap, Bagadou Bas, Martel, 46600, France


West Papua’s Bintuni Bay is Indonesia’s largest contiguous mangrove block, only second to the world’s largest mangrove in the Sundarbans, Bangladesh. As almost 40% of these mangroves are designated production forest, we assessed the effects of commercial logging on forest structure, biomass recovery, and soil carbon stocks and burial in five-year intervals, up to 25 years post-harvest. Through remote sensing and field surveys, we found that canopy structure and species diversity were gradually enhanced following biomass recovery. Carbon pools preserved in soil were supported by similar rates of carbon burial before and after logging. Our results show that mangrove forest management maintained between 70 and 75% of the total ecosystem carbon stocks, and 15–20% returned to the ecosystem after 15–25 years. This analysis suggests that mangroves managed through selective logging provide an opportunity for coastal nature-based climate solutions, while provisioning other ecosystem services, including wood and wood products. © 2021, The Author(s).


Scientific Reports

Publisher: Nature Research

Volume 11, Issue 1, Art No 12325, Page – , Page Count

Journal Link:

doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-91502-x

Issn: 20452322

Type: All Open Access, Gold, Green


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