Training & Workshops

Mangrove Watch workshop

Once volunteers have signed up to begin videoing and documenting estuaries, it is crucial to encourage and support all levels of involvement. Maintaining enthusiasm occurs through various means of communication including meetings and workshops held in the Burnett Mary region, press releases/news articles/published articles, constant email and telephone correspondence, the MangroveWatch newsletter, and the interactive MangroveWatch website.

The meetings and workshops in each of the Burnett Mary region MangroveWatch nodes have been especially useful in keeping the community volunteers interested, by ensuring face-to-face contact with the MangroveWatch Hub. The workshops have also led to many important relationships being built, allowing for constant interaction between the Hub and the volunteers. Contact via email has proved to be a vital means of continued feedback and communication. Any questions and concerns regarding the program, technology, mangrove habitats, or areas for improvement can be responded to immediately. The MangroveWatch newsletter provides a valuable resource for keeping the volunteers up to date on the work being done across the Burnett Mary Region. By encouraging volunteer story contributions, the newsletter acknowledges community accomplishments, increases the sense of useful participation, and helps toward minimising the effects of volunteer burnout, which occurs in many programs relying on such large amounts of time from volunteers.

Community Volunteers

A key feature of MangroveWatch is its close partnership between community volunteers and scientists from the James Cook University’s Mangrove Hub. Together they are systematically recording basic data as video and still imagery for assessments of estuarine habitat health.

Armed with expert support, training and advice, MangroveWatch volunteers in key regions are actively contributing to the monitoring of local estuaries and shorelines. An important goal in this phase of the program is to develop a network of like minded groups with the aim of producing public documents that describe important issues affecting local estuaries and mangroves, and their overall health.

Donations & Sponsorships

MangroveWatch Ltd is a registered charitable company in Australia. To achieve its goals and those of community participants, the program relies on funding and sponsorships to keep things going.

Donations and Sponsorships will be acknowledged on this site.

We need support for:

  • Community volunteers for small vessel hire and fuel
  • Field kits - costing up to $AUD3,000 each
  • Promotional items and awards such as T-Shirts and hats
  • Website maintenance
  • Computers and support for shoreline assessments by the Mangrove Hub

If you can assist any any way then contact us at the Mangrove Hub

MangroveWatch Handout

You can download our fact and information sheet to get more information about the MangroveWatch program.

Mangrove Watch Brochure

You can download our fact and information sheet (see link below) to get more information about the MangroveWatch programs.

Mangrove Watch Brochure