|Mangrove research at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel|
Dahdouh-Guebas, F. (2001). Mangrove research at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. ETFRN Newsletter 33: 14-17
In: European Tropical Forests Research Network Newsletter. European Tropical Forests Research Network: Wageningen, more
Mangroves; Research programmes; Brackish water
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The Mangrove Management Group is an informally organized and open collaboration between various scientists of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), intending to combine their diverse fields of expertise (chemistry, botany, zoology, socio-economy, remote sensing) as applied to the mangrove ecosystem in its widest sense. It is expected and it was experienced that this diverse input is scientifically very enriching for all partners and that it allows to tackle a wider range of problems. Though there is a general interest in fundamental questions (and answers), the Mangrove Management Group is very much aware of the fact that research into this complex ecosystem can rarely or never take place without taking into account its vital role for human society, particularly for people relying directly on mangrove resources. It is also realized that this is more commonly the case for developing countries. It is a principle that wherever and whenever possible scientists or other people who can contribute from the host country be involved and/or receive feedback about results.