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Seagrass in Southeast Asia: A review of status and knowledge gaps, and a road map for conservation

Fortes, MD, Ooi, JLS, Tan, Yi Mei, Prathep, A, Bujang, JS and Yaakub, SM 2018, Seagrass in Southeast Asia: A review of status and knowledge gaps, and a road map for conservation, Botanica Marina, vol. 61, no. 3, pp. 269-288, doi: 10.1515/bot-2018-0008.

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Title Seagrass in Southeast Asia: A review of status and knowledge gaps, and a road map for conservation
Author(s) Fortes, MD
Ooi, JLS
Tan, Yi Mei
Prathep, A
Bujang, JS
Yaakub, SM
Journal name Botanica Marina
Volume number 61
Issue number 3
Start page 269
End page 288
Total pages 20
Publisher Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2018
ISSN 0006-8055
1437-4323
Keyword(s) conservation challeges
developing states
marine ecoregion
research gaps
Summary AbstractSoutheast Asia has the highest diversity of seagrass species and habitat types, but basic information on seagrass habitats is still lacking. This review examines the known distribution, extent, species diversity, and research and knowledge gaps of seagrasses in Southeast Asia by biogeographic region of the Marine Ecoregions of the World (MEOW). The extent of seagrass meadows in Southeast Asia is ~36,762.6 km2but this is likely an underestimate as some ecoregions were not well-represented and updated information was lacking. There is a paucity of information from the Western Coral Triangle Province, with no areal extent data available for the Indonesian regions of Kalimantan, Central and Southeast Sulawesi, the Maluku Islands, and West Papua. Regional research output has increased in the last two decades, with a trend towards more experimental, rather than descriptive research. However, there are knowledge gaps in socio-cultural-economic themed research, despite growing awareness of the importance of seagrass-human relationships in this region. Obstacles to advancing seagrass research, knowledge and conservation are rooted in either lack of expertise and training or the failure of effective management and policies. We propose a roadmap for seagrass conservation, with suggested solutions, including 1) encouraging collaboration between research institutions and scientists in the region to build capacity and share knowledge; 2) engaging with policymakers and governments to encourage science-based policies; 3) engaging with communities to raise awareness and foster stewardship of seagrass in the region.
DOI 10.1515/bot-2018-0008
Field of Research 05 Environmental Sciences
06 Biological Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30157509

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