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Last Updated on Sunday, 29 August 2010 18:38 Written by Mangrove Hub Friday, 20 August 2010 10:08

Mangrove Watch BMR - Annual Report 2010

Summary of Activities 2009 - 2010

Primary Goals and Objectives

MangroveWatch Burnett Mary Region (BMR) is a community environmental monitoring program designed to support, encourage, and facilitate better management of threatened tidal wetland ecosystems - as both coastal mangroves and saltmarsh.

Our goals are to:

  • Link well-informed, local community enthusiasts with expert scientists and environmental managers;
  • Raise awareness regarding key environmental issues that threaten tidal wetland areas
  • Record natural and human related changes in tidal wetland shoreline condition.

In achieving these goals, MangroveWatch provides a permanent record of coastal ecosystem condition from which to assess future environmental change. By engaging communities in tidal wetland monitoring, this program increases environmental awareness, enhances local knowledge and informs natural resource management decisions. Such a program is necessary if communities are to assess and prepare for the threat of impending sea level rise and further degradation of their valued local coastal ecosystems.

The current report documents the significant progress made within 2009 and 2010 towards achieving these goals. This success has been possible made possible by; 1) a grant received by the University of Queensland from the Australian Government Caring for Our Country program; and, 2) the overwhelming support and enthusiasm of the people and communities across the Burnett Mary region from Bundaberg to Tin Can Bay.

MangroveWatch BMR has tapped into an army of enthusiasts looking for ways to be more effective environmental advocates. These community members are willing to contribute their time and resources to the promotion of better management of threatened natural ecosystems - notably our coastal mangroves and saltmarsh.

Read the full report by downloading the following links:


Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 August 2010 17:19 Written by Mangrove Hub Tuesday, 10 August 2010 17:12

Mangroves offer win-win opportunity

By Dr Mark Huxham, an Earthwatch researcher based at Napier University, Scotland - Courtesy of BBC Nature

The Green Room is a series of opinion articles on environmental topics running weekly on the BBC News website

Healthy mangrove forests provide a huge range of environmental benefits and need to be protected, says Mark Huxham. In this week's Green Room, he argues that schemes such as Redd offer a vital lifeline to the important ecosystems.

Like smoke from a bushfire, a pall of black pessimism permeates news from tropical forests.

Conserving and restoring these forests must form part of a comprehensive climate change deal; reducing emissions from the developed world is essential, but is not enough.

Every year millions of hectares are lost; usually between 1-2% of global forest coverage.

But in recent years, new units of destruction have appeared measuring mass, not area.

In 2008, we saw 12 billion tonnes of carbon disappear - this is equal to the mass of about 100 million blue whales.

This shift in measurement reflects a change in international priorities.

Whilst the negative impacts of deforestation on biodiversity and indigenous people remain as serious as ever, it is climate change, and units of carbon, that have come to dominate discussions around forestry.

Read more from BBC Nature


Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 November 2010 09:04 Written by Mangrove Hub Tuesday, 27 July 2010 14:43

Burnett Mary Mangrove Watch Re-launch

Over the last 12 months volunteers in the Burnett Mary region have participated in a pilot Mangrove Watch program which empowers local people to monitor and care for the mangroves in their area in conjunction with the scientific team at University of Queensland School of Biological Sciences.

The University of Queensland Mangrove Watch Hub are now celebrating the end of the pilot period and heading to the Burnett Mary region to present their final report on the health of our mangroves and re-launch the program for the next twelve months.

Tin Can Bay Re-launch

On Friday August 6th from 6 pm, MangroveWatch will be re-launched in the Wide Bay area at the Tin Can Bay Library rooms, Tin Can Bay. Our enthusiastic group of local volunteers are keen to have you come along and celebrate the significant progress made by this ambitious new environmental monitoring program during 2009 and 2010.

Public Invitation - Mangrove Art Exhibition Tin Can Bay

To celebrate the re-launch, an exhibition of artwork and photography focussing on mangroves will be open to the public from 10am to 12pm on the 7th of August at the Tin Can Bay library. In addition there will be a display of books from our very own library (a big thankyou to the dedicated Gympie librarians). The artworks will feature paintings and photographs (new and old) by our talented local artists.

So come along and see some of the works that our unique landscapes have inspired and meet these talented artists.

Hervey Bay Re-launch

On Saturday August 7th from 12 pm, MangroveWatch will be re-launched in the Northern Burnett Mary region at the CWA Hall, Pulgul Street, Hervey Bay. Our enthusiastic group of local volunteers are keen to have you come along and celebrate the significant progress made by this ambitious new environmental monitoring program during 2009 and 2010.

Once again there will be an exhibition of artworks by local artists so please come along and view what our region has to offer.


Last Updated on Sunday, 11 July 2010 19:57 Written by Mangrove Hub Friday, 09 July 2010 00:00

Mangroves do a coast good

Intact swaths of trees reduce tsunami damage, a new study suggests

By Sid Perkins Web edition : Friday, July 9th, 2010 from

Analyses of the damage sustained by mangroves along the shore near Banda Aceh, Indonesia, during the Dec. 26, 2004 tsunami enable researchers to estimate how well such coastal forests can protect homes and buildings.Koshimura et al/JGR–OceansField studies of an Indonesian coastline ravaged by a tsunami in December 2004 suggest that leaving mangrove forests intact along a shoreline could substantially reduce damage from moderate-sized tsunamis.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 August 2010 19:33 Written by Mangrove Hub Tuesday, 15 June 2010 00:00

The following interview with John Clarke on the ABC Science Show regarding environmental issues and actions in Western Port Bay in Victoria demonstrates the importance of community involvement and education in protecting mangroves and seagrasses.


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Australia's Mangroves - the book

The authoritative guide to Australia’s mangrove plants.

Author: Norm Duke, Design & Layout: Diana Kleine. To see more details of this book - click on the link below

Australia's Mangroves - the book

Getting Involved

If you would like to find out more about us or if you like to initiate your own MangroveWatch group within your area, please contact someone at the Mangrove Hub. We will be happy to help.

  • Mangrove Hub Facilitator
  • Dr Norm Duke
  • MangroveWatch Ltd
    ABN: 44 153 297 771
  • PO Box 1250,
  • Elanora Q 4221
  • Mangrove Hub Email

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