Mangroves: A Reservoir of Biodiversity

  • Abhijit Mitra


Biodiversity of mangrove ecosystem includes a wide spectrum of flora and fauna with several direct and indirect societal benefits. There are different techniques to tag the benefits generated by mangrove-centric biodiversity with finance. The comprehensive valuation of mangrove biodiversity is still in an embryonic stage. On the one hand the value of provisioning services manifests itself through market prices; on the other, the importance of biodiversity as part of the ecosystem that produces and regulates cultural services cannot be captured in financial markets. The present chapter has highlighted the biodiversity of Indian Sundarban mangrove ecosystem with special emphasis on their ecosystem services.


Mangrove biodiversity Flora Fauna Provisioning service Cultural service 


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  • Abhijit Mitra
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  1. 1.Department of Marine ScienceUniversity of CalcuttaKolkataIndia

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