Marina Padrão Temudo (University of Lisbon): The social dynamics of mangroves’ afforestation in Guinea-Bissau

Organised by Knowledge Technology and Innovation

Tue 13 December 2016 12:15 to 13:15

Venue Leeuwenborch, gebouwnummer 201

Marina Temudo will discuss why the mangrove forests’ area has increased in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa, between 1990 and 2015. Her research, based on social science methodology and GIS/remote sensing techniques, analyses the historical, social, political and economic processes underlying mangrove deforestation and afforestation patterns in Guinea-Bissau.

The comparison of several regions of the country within a same period helps to uncover different ecological dynamics and the complex ways in which diverse societies respond to the same social, economic and political events and processes. She will discuss the importance of identifying the most relevant temporal frames, geographic scales and the multiple (and sometimes opposing) environmental and social processes working in different places at the same time. Through this work she problematizes the development and conservation interventions and the underlying policy decisions, which rely on broad estimates. It is vital to assess both mangroves’ threats and regeneration capacity in different regions.