The Indo-West Pacific Region, which includes East Asia, hosts the most diverse mangrove ecosystems in the world, with distribution areas gradually expanding and migrating owing to climate change. The Korean Peninsula is situated in the northernmost subtropical climate area in East Asia, where the Kuroshio Current in the Western Pacific Ocean has consistently influenced the distribution of subtropical plants. Currently, two species of semi-mangrove trees inhabit coastal areas in Korea, with their distribution and range expanding incrementally. A recent predictive study demonstrated the potential expansion of the distribution of subtropical plants in East Asia, including the possible establishment of mangroves in Korea owing to climate change.
National Institute of Forest Science (NIFoS) – Republic of Korea, National Research, and Innovation Agency (BRIN), Faculty of Math and Natural Sciences Udayana University, and CIFOR-ICRAF initiate mangrove research on sustainable management of mangrove forests through international collaboration.
- To identify the carbon-sequestration capacity of mangrove species native to East Asia
- To identify species with a high potential for successful application in Korea as future carbon sinks
- To characterize the growth patterns of mangrove species by region, habitat condition, and species
- To develop management strategies and a stable propagation protocol in the most suitable growing areas
Senior Scientist, CIFOR-ICRAF