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Mangrove Ecosystem Restoration and Management

This module provides guidance for people interested in mangrove ecosystem conservation, restoration and management. It takes a holistic view, balancing the roles of the wide variety of goods and services provided by mangrove forests – from shellfish and charcoal to sediment trapping and the attenuation of storm surges. Mangroves occur on coastlines, but their influence often extends both inland and far out to sea. 

The Integrated Coastal Management Programme in Vietnam addresses the various interlinked challenges facing the Mekong Delta by supporting the governmental authorities in their efforts to strengthen the coastal area and to cope with the environmental changes occurring there, while opening the way to sustainable growth. Using the ecosystem to protect...
Mangroves are vital for healthy coastal ecosystems in many regions of the world and research and studies are revealing the unique importance of these habitats to the planet. The Mangrove Action Project is dedicated to reversing the degradation and loss of mangrove forest wetlands and their associated coastal ecosystems worldwide....
The development of shrimp aquaculture in Vietnam at the expense of the mangrove environment has serious consequences, as mangroves protect against tidal waves and storm surges; they are vital fish nursery-grounds; provide timber, honey, and other products; and raise land levels by trapping sediment. They also have high carbon content...
A few years ago, Carood Watershed Model Forest (Philippines) partners established a mangrove plantation near the mouth of the Carood River. The mangroves buffer strong waves and provide spawning habitat for coral fish, which are important for the livelihood of local fishermen. The plantation consists of 40 mangrove species to...
Seacology, in collaboration with Sri Lanka-based NGO Sudeesa, works to make Sri Lanka the world’s first nation to comprehensively protect all of its mangrove forests. Their approach is to use job-training and microfinance programs to 15,000 impoverished Sri Lankans alternative ways to earn a living that do not entail cutting...
The MADAM Project in northern Brazil is designed to support research on the dynamics of mangrove ecosystems and on the formulation of management recommendations based on this knowledge. MADAM involves various scientific disciplines including ecology, biogeochemistry, meteorology, geography, socio-economics, and modeling.
The Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation and Mitigation Program (SWAMP) is a collaborative effort by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the USDA Forest Service (USFS) and Oregon State University with support from the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The overall goal of the program is to provide policymakers with...