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Free University Brussels

Faculty of Sciences

Mangrove Management Group

Laboratory of General Botany and Nature Management


  Mangrove vegetation structure

dynamics and regeneration   

Thesis Philosophiae Doctor Scientiarum

summa cum laude


Winning drawing in the Mangrove Drawing Competition 1996 (for 14-18 year-old youngsters) organised by the Small Fishers Federation of Lanka (SFFL), Pambala-Kakkapalliya, Sri Lanka. Drawn by W. Muditha Avanthie Livera from Sugathananda Vidiyaleiya (School) in Madampe.  (Courtesy of SFFL).


Farid Dahdouh-GuebaS



Proefschrift voorgelegd tot het behalen van de wettelijke graad Doctor in de Wetenschappen



Promoter : Prof. Dr. Nico Koedam (VUB)



Scientific Jury :


Prof. Dr. Nanette Daro (Ecology and systematics Unit, VUB)

Prof. Dr. Frank Dehairs (Analytical Chemistry Unit, VUB)

Prof. Dr. Ir. Luc D’Haese (Belgian Technical Cooperation, BE)

Prof. Dr. Nico Koedam (General Botany and Nature Management Unit, VUB)

Dr. Jurgen F. Tack (Biodiversity Platform / Services of the Prime Minister Scientific, Technical and Cultural Issues, BE)

Prof. Dr. Ludwig Triest (General Botany and Nature Management Unit, VUB)

Prof. Dr. Marc Van Molle (Geography Unit, VUB)

Prof. Dr. Marco Vannini (Department of Animal Biology and Genetics ‘Leo Pardi’, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy)



Keywords :


mangrove, vegetation structure, dynamics, regeneration, remote sensing, GIS, crab,

propagule predation, PCQM, development cooperation, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Mauritania



Honours degree :


summa cum laude / with highest honours / met de grootste onderscheiding



Compulsory annex thesis :


Scientific research with a possible relevance in the framework of development cooperation as evident from the geographic location of (part of) the research is, at the level of the academic development of local scientists, insufficiently done in co-operation with research groups from the country on which the research focuses.  Published as Dahdouh-Guebas et al. (2003).



Awards for this research :

in 2001 : Yearly Award Class of Natural And Medical Sciences (Royal Belgian Society for Overseas Sciences)

in 2004 : Development Cooperation Prize 2003 (Directorate-General for International Co-operation of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation)



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