Including GHG emissions from mangrove forests LULUC in LCA: a case study on shrimp farming in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Author(s): Järviö, N., P. Henriksson, J. Guinée
In: International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment doi:10.1007/s11367-017-1332-9.
Year: 2018
Type: Journal / article
Theme affiliation: Marine
Link to centre authors: Henriksson, Patrik
Full reference: Järviö, N., P. Henriksson, J. Guinée. 2018. Including GHG emissions from mangrove forests LULUC in LCA: a case study on shrimp farming in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment doi:10.1007/s11367-017-1332-9.

Summary

Our results reinforce the urgency of conserving mangrove forests and the need to quantify uncertainties around LULUC emissions. It also questions mixed mangrove concurrent shrimp farming, where partial removal of mangrove forests is endorsed based upon the benefits of partial mangrove conservation and maintenance of certain ecosystem services. While we recognize that these activities limit the chances of complete removal, our estimates show that large GHG emissions from mangrove LULUC question the sustainability of this type of shrimp farming, especially since mixed mangrove farming only provide 5% of all farmed shrimp produced in Vietnam.

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