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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 08:13 Written by Mangrove Hub Tuesday, 18 November 2014 08:06

IUCN Mangrove Specialist Group Statement for 2014 World Parks Congress: Mangroves: Protect, Restore, Expand

The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has been working in collaboration with the IUCN SSC Mangrove Specialist Group to produce a statement for the 2014 World Parks Congress: Mangroves: Protect, Restore, Expand.

Please follow the link to ZSL to read the full statement.


Last Updated on Sunday, 19 October 2014 18:57 Written by Mangrove Hub Sunday, 19 October 2014 18:45

MangroveWatch World Mangrove iD App Now Available for Android

The android version of the MangroveWatch World Mangrove Id app is now available at Google Play.

Full details of the app can be viewed in this MangroveWatch Article.

Dr Norm Duke
MangroveWatch Ltd

100 lovely silhouette illustrations included in the app were drawn and donated by Deirdre Bean, botanical illustrator.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 19:53 Written by Mangrove Hub Wednesday, 01 October 2014 19:31

UN Warning on Mangrove Destruction

The world's mangrove forests are still disappearing 3-5 faster than other forest types according to a new UN report released today. This is costing poor and marginalised communities in the tropics up to $42 Billion annually.

“The escalating destruction and degradation of mangroves – driven by land conversion for aquaculture and agriculture, coastal development, and pollution – is occurring at an alarming rate, with over a quarter of the earth’s original mangrove cover now lost,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.

“This has potentially devastating effects on biodiversity, food security and the livelihoods of some of the most marginalized coastal communities in developing countries, where more than 90 per cent of the world’s mangroves are found,” he added.

Urgent action is needed to prevent mangrove deforestation. We urge you, if you can, to support our friends at the Mangrove Action Project (MAP) to assist grassroots action against mangrove loss.

In Australia, you can assist us by helping start a MangroveWatch monitoring program to help address the rapid decline of mangrove health due to human interactions and climate change. No mangroves = No fish, dead reefs and seagrass, increased coastal erosion & damage from storms, increased CO2, and loss of wildlife.

You can download the report, whose lead authors include MangroveWatch's own Dr Norman Duke (James Cook University), here THE IMPORTANCE OF MANGROVES TO PEOPLE: A CALL TO ACTION


Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013 14:45 Written by Mangrove Hub Wednesday, 18 December 2013 20:37

MangroveWatch World Mangrove iD App for iPhone and iPad Now Available

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The ‘World Mangrove iD’ app for iPhone and iPad is an e-book, and a living expert guide to all mangrove plants worldwide. Do you have an interest in the fascinating world of mangroves? Do you have questions like: What mangrove is that?; or What mangroves grow in my country? Maybe also, Why are mangroves important? You will find answers, and more, in the World Mangrove iD e-book app.

Funded by TropWATER Centre, James Cook University

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It is just like having your very own mangrove expert on call. This nearly complete botanical guide has descriptions and images at your fingertips of all known mangrove plants around the World. It has been compiled and written by Dr Norman C Duke, long time mangrove ecologist and marine science specialist, for MangroveWatch Ltd, the charitable, not-for-profit environmental monitoring NGO for tidal wetlands.

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The guide provides more than 800 exquisite images, 100 world distribution records and authoritative botanical descriptions of all 85 mangrove plant species, hybrids and varieties occurring worldwide; plus a selection of 15 common Associate plants you are likely to come across. The information and data presented provides the very latest up-to-date botanical information from Dr Duke's Mangrove Flora Project conducted over the last three decades.

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The purpose of the guide is two-fold: one, to show off the diversity and distribution of these plants; and two, to improve our knowledge of them. For this, you are invited to contribute by helping fill remaining gaps revealed in the guide. It could be a new image, or just a better one, or, it could be more information on peak flowering and fruiting periods, or even a new species! Such observations are essential information for understanding what is happening in the world around us! And, things are changing more and more rapidly. Scientists and environmental managers everywhere need your help. The knowledge you have of local occurrences and events is essential and much needed!

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Check out the list for any selected country, and let Dr Norm know if that country species list needs correction or updating. In so doing, please use the Capture facility to send a message and photograph showing diagnostic parts of the specimen to verify your observations; along with the location where it was growing. Your contribution maybe more important than you might imagine; you will be acknowledged, especially when any of your information is used in future upgrades of the guide.


So, come and find out more about these absolutely fascinating plants. You will not be disappointed!


App Name: Mangrove iD
App Store version: for iPhone and iPad
Version Number: 1.0
Price: US$14.95
Availability Date: Nov-Dec 2013
Published by: MangroveWatch Ltd


Last Updated on Friday, 13 December 2013 10:30 Written by Mangrove Hub Friday, 13 December 2013 10:04

2014 Australian Mangrove Society Conference and Workshop on Tidal Wetland Rehabilitation

An invitation!

Dear Mangrove enthusiasts and aspiring Australian Mangrove Society members,

On behalf of the Australian Mangrove Society Organising Committee and MangroveWatch Ltd, we would like to invite you to register for the 2014 Australian Mangrove Society Conference Conference Registration as well as our Workshop on Mangrove Rehabilitation Workshop registration to be held on the 24-28th February 2014, hosted by James Cook University Townsville, Queensland, Australia.

To find out more about this event please go to the respective links above.

We would really like you to participate in both events, but we have structured it so you can come to either.

The Conference will host professional researchers, managers and consultants, as well as, community enthusiasts interested in mangrove and tidal wetland issues around Australia. We are keen to establish a formal network to promote our sustainable communication and collaboration, as well as for student and community mentoring. We hope all this will be achieved with the formal establishment of the Australian Mangrove Society to represent specific national interests and local issues in the wider international context. On this note, we have some really wonderful and internationally experienced speakers to share their thoughts and ideas with us. We are keen to attract local postgraduate students to attend and present their work.

The planned Workshop addresses a key primary issue nominated by colleagues from around the country. This involves an initial focus on shoreline rehabilitation and monitoring of both mangrove and tidal saltmarsh habitat, collectively known as tidal wetlands. The intertidal zone habitats are understandably vulnerable and highly threatened natural environments subject to direct human pressures as well as climate change and sea level rise. We need to come together now to protect and better manage these valuable natural resources.

We do hope you can participate as we formally establish an integrated think tank from which we can organize collaborative projects, publish currently relevant ideas, standardize methodologies, and help direct funding towards national sentinel projects with lasting global and local outcomes.

Please communicate to your colleagues or groups who might also have an interest in attending. We look forward to hearing from you – and, in seeing you at this important gathering.

Kind Regards:

Norm Duke
Damien Burrows
Jock Mackenzie
Yvette Williams
Organising Committee for the 2014 Australian Mangrove Society Conference & Workshop


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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