Turning the tide on mangrove loss

Mangrove forests are one of the most severely threatened and undervalued ecosystems on earth and are being lost at an alarming rate.  Threats to mangrove forests include: land development, pollution, deforestation for fuel and climate change.  A number of initiatives have been established to address the research and conservation needs of mangroves but these are currently disjointed and less effective as a result. This symposium will bring together a range of stakeholders from the mangrove community, including academic experts, conservation NGO representatives and policy makers, to focus their attention on improving conservation success and influencing policy.

The first day of the symposium will define the current status of mangroves and associated fauna and explore their importance to the people who depend on them. The second day will focus on the future of mangroves.  We will showcase initiatives that are being developed around the world to conserve mangrove forests, including the use of mangroves for blue carbon and climate change mitigation.  The symposium will also provide the context for a call to arms for researchers and conservationists to align research objectives and discuss future initiatives.

Organised by: Louise Baldwin, Zoological Society of London; Heather Koldewey, Zoological Society of London; Jurgenne Primavera, Zoological Society of London & Co-chair of the IUCN SSC Mangrove Specialist Group; Joe S.Y. Lee, Griffith University & Co-chair of the IUCN SSC Mangrove Specialist Group

Programme and abstracts

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Brian Morton OBE DSc FZS, The University of Hong Kong, China
Mangrove conservation in a Chinese megalopolis

Mark Spalding, The Nature Conservancy & University of Cambridge, UK
Understanding and quantifying the many values of mangroves, globally and locally

Norm C Duke, James Cook University, Australia
Exploring mangrove diversity with technical innovations for science and community partnerships

Stefano Cannicci, University of Florence, Italy
Ecological and evolutionary significance of invertebrate behaviour for mangrove ecosystems

Simon Bush, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Scaling up integrated shrimp-mangrove aquaculture: a call for area-based management and certification

Nico Koedam, Vrije Universiteit Brussels & Farid Dahdouh-Guebas, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Mangrove and climate: lifeless wood and lively ranges

Ivan Nagelkerken, University of Adelaide, Australia
Mangrove-fisheries relationships: the knowns, unknowns and current challenges

Karen McKee, US Geological Survey, USA
Mangroves as land builders: paradigm revisited

Dan Friess, University of Singapore, Singapore
An expanding network to monitor mangrove vulnerability to sea level rise in Southeast Asia and the wider Indo-Pacific

Jurgenne Primavera, Zoological Society of London, Philippines
Shelter from the storm: coastal greenbelts and Typhoon Haiyan

Daisy Arroyo Mora, Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Térraba-Sierpe Ramsar site: successes and challenges of mangrove conservation through ecotourism

Boone Kauffman, Oregon State University, USA
Climate change implications of mangrove conservation to shrimp ponds: the jumbo carbon footprint of a small prawn

Joe S.Y. Lee, Griffith University, Australia
Quantifying habitat structural complexity of mangroves and its implications for ecosystem services

Alfredo Quarto, Mangrove Action Project, USA
Mangrove Action Project (MAP) - standing at the roots of the sea

Heather Koldewey, Zoological Society of London, UK
Ponds, parks and protected areas: strategies for mangrove conservation in the central Philippines

Roy R "Robin" Lewis III, Coastal Resources Group Inc, USA
Lessons learned from 40 years of successful Ecological Mangrove Restoration (EMR) in the subtropical and tropical Americas

Ben Brown, Blue Forests, Indonesia
Applying resilience thinking to mangrove conservation, sustainable utilization and rehabilitation across Indonesia

Klaus Schmitt, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Ecosystem-based mangrove rehabilitation and management along mud-coasts of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Steve Crooks, ESA PWA  Environmental Hydrology, USA
Developing good practice for blue carbon projects: status and information needs

Alasdair Harris, Blue Ventures, UK
The value of mangroves in Madagascar - carbon and communities

Jared Bosire, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Kenya
Science as a foundation for effective mangrove management: perspectives from the western Indian Ocean region

Donald Macintosh, Mangroves for the Future, Denmark
Supporting mangrove ecosystem conservation needs in Southeast Asia through research - experiences from the MFF initiative and other international mangrove projects