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 **

12-17 September 2017, Bremen, Germany

The IUCN SSC Mangrove Specialist Group is pleased to announce that the Annual Mangrove Symposium 'Turning the tides on mangroves:Knowledge-based conservation and sustainable use of mangroves' will take place from 12-17 September 2017 at the Leibniz-Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), Bremen, Germany. 

The symposium will consist of a programme of plenary talks, conference sessions and poster sessions beetween 13 - 16 September 2017, followed by the  IUCN SSC Mangrove Specialist Group workshop on Sunday 17th Sepember. A provisional programme for the event can be found below, further details will follow soon. 

PDF icon Provisional Program.pdf (8.72 KB) (8.72 KB)

This year the symposium will focus on the following themes:

  • Mangrove Biology as scientific basis for Sustainable Use, Conservation and Restoration;
  • Mangrove Conservation and Sustainable Use;
  • Mangrove Restoration and Service-Provisioning. 

Oral and poster presentations are invited: Registration and abstract submission will open shortly on this page.

To receive updates and more information please send an email to: mangrove-symposium@leibniz-zmt.de

 

IUCN Mangrove Specialist Group Statement for 2014 World Parks Congress: Mangroves: Protect, Restore, Expand

Mangrove ecosystems are one of the most undervalued ecosystems on earth. These remarkable forests are immensely important to coastal communities, providing a source of food and resources, protecting coastlines, preventing soil erosion as well as providing a global benefit in regulating our climate. Yet mangroves are also among the most threatened ecosystems globally and they continue to be cleared and degraded at an alarming rate. The three main drivers of mangrove destruction and loss are population growth, economic development, and demand for cultivated seafood.

The IUCN Mangrove Specialist Group, comprising of international experts in mangrove research and conservation, is working to a) assess the conservation status of mangrove systems; b) identify, quantify and prioritise threats; c) conserve the most threatened species and habitats; and d) disseminate best practices and share successful approaches for mangrove conservation, restoration and sustainable use. We recognise that protected areas are a vital tool for conserving mangroves, as part of the wider Global Action Plan under development by our group.

 PDF icon IUCN Mangrove Specialist Group Statement for 2014 World Parks Congress: Mangroves: Protect, Restore, Expand (188.41 KB)