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.