Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2013 15:29 Written by Mangrove Hub Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
Seagrasses and mangroves the most threatened ecosystems on earth - despite their immense value!
Today, the world's top marine scientists are meeting in Sydney. Seagrasses and mangroves are on the Agenda because, they can capture carbon up to 40 times faster than forests and store it in the seabed for thousands of years. Yet these natural carbon sinks are now the "most threatened systems on earth".
The scientists say that increased threats include boating, dredging and port development and, they warn that damaging or degrading coastal systems significantly downgrades the marine ecosystem's capacity as a carbon sink. Yet, they’re under threat like never before.
These systems are the most threatened systems on Earth for a number of reasons and we are seeing them disappear at about 2 per cent per year globally, which is four times the rate that we see on average, that we are seeing tropical forests disappear.
Dr Emily Pidgeon, Senior Director, Conservation International
Should the economic merits of coastal and off-shore development be reassessed to include the value of natural capital and the ecosystem services provided?
Written by Mangrove Hub Wednesday, 15 May 2013 15:13
Asian Experts Get Their Boots Muddy to Calculate Carbon
Carbon Stock Assessment and Emissions Inventory in Asian Mangroves: Field Training for Scientists and Government Agency Staff
From April 29 to May 8, 2013, LEAF, in close collaboration with the LEAD program and the USAID-supported Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation and Mitigation Program (SWAMP) conducted intensive field training in Trang Province, Thailand for 31 participants from eight Asian countries on application of a new protocol developed by SWAMP for measuring and monitoring carbon stocks in, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from, mangroves and other forested wetlands carbon. 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 USAID.
Read the full leafasia.org article
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 March 2013 19:30 Written by Mangrove Hub Tuesday, 05 March 2013 19:26
World Bank Assesses Impacts of Climate Change on Coastal Wetlands
1 March 2013: The World Bank has released a study titled "Sea-level rise and coastal wetlands: impacts and costs," which warns that a one-meter rise in sea levels from climate change could destroy over 60% of the developing world’s coastal wetlands currently found at one meter or less elevation. This scenario could provoke economic losses of around $630 million per year.
Read the full article at IISD Reporting Services
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 March 2013 19:24 Written by Mangrove Hub Tuesday, 05 March 2013 16:03
Funding for new "Mangrove Clic" App
MangroveWatch Ltd has won a grant from the Norman Wettenhall Foundation for ‘Mangrove Clic’ - an App for enhancing community networking amongst MangroveWatchers and supporters.
The grant will fund development of a smartphone App for the authoritative identification and description of all 45 mangrove species in Australia. This will extend and update the popular book ‘Australia’s Mangroves’ published in 2006. Recent discoveries of additional mangrove tree species in Australia, clearly demonstrate why such an App is needed. We plan to include extra enhanced functions not only for further discovery, but importantly also for monitoring direct human impacts, and how mangroves and shorelines are responding to climate change. The App will empower and encourage local enthusiasts to provide essential and worthwhile ecological knowledge as indicators of change by monitoring these highly vulnerable habitats as they change.
So, when someone discovers something different about their local mangroves, or species have shifted, or perhaps individual trees are not quite as they should be (which can all be established from the App) - then the App will provide the means to let other people know! Instances might include: expanding species distributions; new species for science; odd features like ‘albino’ mangroves; or unusual growing conditions and adaptations. After processing the information, the App will be updated with new data from selected contributors who will be fully acknowledged.
MangroveWatch would like to acknowledge the following organisations for their support for this initiative:
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 February 2013 11:25 Written by Mangrove Hub Tuesday, 26 February 2013 11:20
The Beauty of Mangrove Forests
A very short film by Dennis Zaidi about the beauty and importance of Mangrove Forests.
This film is shot entirely in north Bimini, Bahamas. Every piece of footage was shot in an area that is currently threatened.
The people of the island are working very hard to have the area turned into a marine protected area. The mangroves of north Bimini protect the island from hurricanes and provide the abundance of ocean life that the islanders depend on for tourism and food.
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