Mangrove Rehabilitation: The Philippine Experience

Dr. Jurgenne Primavera
National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST)

Dr Jurgenne Primavera is an internationally recognized mangrove scientist and currently the Chief Mangrove Scientific Advisor of the Zoological Society of London. Her degrees are in Zoology and Marine Science. Her scientific contributions include studies on aquaculture of marine shrimp (with the SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department), science-based conservation of mangroves, and beach forest identification and propagation. She has more than 150 scientific papers, reviews, manuals, books and other publications and is lead author of four ZSL manuals on mangrove rehabilitation, pond-mangrove reversion and beach forest propagation. She has given more than 350 lectures and presentations in national and international conferences, seminars, workshops, etc. including 35 keynote and commencement addresses; and ~25 webinars.  She was awarded a PhD in Science honoris causa by Stockholm University, elected to the Swedish Royal Academy on Agriculture and Forestry, Royal Belgian Academy for Overseas Sciences, Phi Kappa Phi, and other honor societies. She was named Scientist Emerita of SEAFDEC/AQD, one of 30 Time Magazine Heroes of the Environment and 50 DOST Men and Women of Science in 2008, and a University of the Philippines Distinguished Alumni Awardee in Environmental Conservation in 2009. She is also a member of the Philippine National Academy of Science and Technology and a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation.