RESCuE is a research project that contributes to global efforts on conservation, sustainable management of natural resources, coastal zone mitigation and rehabilitation.
RESCuE is conducted in accordance with the UN 2030 agenda for sustainable development, with specific targets to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for the global population over the next 15 years.
REstoration for Sustainable Coastal Ecosystems (RESCuE) Monitors and Optimizes the Design Quality of Mangrove Restoration towards sustainable coastal ecosystem management in Thailand and in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam.
RESCuE is funded by the South East Asia – Europe Joint Funding Scheme for Research and Innovation (SEA-EU-NET), bringing together six public and private sector partners from three European countries (France, Germany, Italy), two South East Asian countries (Thailand and Vietnam), and one East Asian country (Japan). RESCuE is an international undertaking to improve empirical, theoretical, and applied practices in managing coastal wetlands and restoration research.
RESCuE Key Challenges Tackle Several Fronts:
1.Approach: cross-scaling different approaches from individual-tree level to landscape Level
2.Long term mapping: mapping mangrove community long term changes (zonal and dominant species composition)
3.Uncertainty identification and reduction: determining sources of uncertainty in the mapping framework, their magnitude, and mitigating their effect
4.Afforestation: identification of suitable environmental conditions
5.Quality: defining mangrove forest quality with the development of a list of better indices describing success / failure of mangrove restoration
6.Linking different technologies: accurate determination of forest structure characteristics and biodiversity, using remote sensing and photogrammetric techniques
7.Monitoring and detection: development of improved techniques to detect and monitoring key processes and functioning of mangrove forest e.g. phenological cycles
8.Restorative measure determination: species selection and suitable restorative measures under socio-ecological constraints
9.Ecosystem support modelling: for improved mangrove health and rehabilitation assessment.
To develop improved monitoring for design quality optimization of mangrove restoration in areas affected by various human-induced or environmental variables. RESCuE is working on the development and implementation of the measures required for sustainable coastal ecosystem management in the ASEAN region.
Specific milestones include:
Development of a systematic approach for long term decision-making tools for mapping and monitoring mangrove ecosystem changes
Modeling and forecasting restoration measures and their effects
Valuation of the mangrove ecosystem services in the presence of climate change
Development of a real-time mangrove ecosystem monitoring system