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Characterizing mangrove functions in Tai O – an integrated approach from environmental and cultural perspectives

Habitat in Tai O

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Globally there are many researches conducted to study the important functions of mangrove to both human society and the natural environment, mostly for the purpose of balancing development and conservation. Because of the close relationship between life in stilt houses and mangrove, the mangrove in Tai O becomes the best location to study the impact and interaction of the two. This project selects the mangrove stand in close proximity to the stilt houses of Tai O as study area. By coupling analysis of sediment, water, animal and plant samples with results of resident interviews, this study intends to demonstrate the ecosystem services functions (including pollution treatment and carbon storage) and cultural value of the mangrove in Tai O. This study is the first real case study on mangrove-human lives in Hong Kong. Furthermore, results from the study of mangrove functions will also provide valuable scientific data for future conservation of Tai O as a water village as well as mangrove as an important ecosystem.


The project is co-organized by The Conservancy Association and Hong Kong Metropolitan University, and is sponsored by Lantau Conservation Fund.
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