IUCN SSC Mangrove Specialist Group

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The recently established IUCN SSC Mangrove Specialist Group, aims to support mangrove research and conservation projects by bringing together experts in the field to share their knowledge. Hosted by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), the group aims to; assess the conservation status of mangroves; identify, quantify and prioritise threats; and develop plans to conserve the most threatened species and habitats.

**Annual Mangrove Symposium of the IUCN-SCC Mangrove Specialist Group **


The MSG meeting following the mangrove symposium at Bremen was attended by 14 MSG members as well as Olivier Hasinger and Dorothy Herr from IUCN. Heather Koldewey and Olivier participated via internet video link. Dom Wodehouse was also invited to contribute to our discussion on mangrove restoration related to the Global Mangrove Alliance (GMA) - the main topic of the meeting. Dorothy gave an informative introduction to the GMA, and members expressed views on how the MSG could contribute to this initiative, mainly as advisors for scientific matters. 

The discussion then focussed on the renewal process and tasks (e.g. Red List workshop) for the 2017-20 new quadriennium, potential locations for future symposia, and special issues for scientific papers presented at the Bremen meeting. 

IUCN MSG Group Photo Bremen
IUCN MSG Group Photo Bremen

Our very own Aldrie Amir had an article publised in Science Magazine in March of this year

Given the increasing threats from global climate change, and mangroves' outstanding ability to efficiently fix and store atmostpheric carbon, Malaysia must waste no time in making plans to fully conserve all remaining mangroves.

PDF icon Aldrie Amir - Mitigate risk for Malaysia's mangroves (145.34 KB)



Below you will find a snapshot of this month's important dates for anything mangrove related. The full calendar is available in the useful documents section. 

IUCN Mangrove SG Events August