Organisation and Structure of Mangrove Watch
MangroveWatch is organized around a central Hub based at the University of Queensland, St. Lucia. The Hub is made up of researchers and student volunteers who analyze estuary footage, process information from River Keepers, initiate community outreach/engagement, and handle communication with the general public.
River Keepers are groups of volunteers based at regional nodes - Hervey Bay, Tin Can Bay, Bundaberg, and Burrum – who collect the data. The data collection includes footage of estuary banks, photos of the estuary, GPS tracks, and observational notes. A central coordinator is responsible for equipment kits and communication with the Hub.
Conceptual diagram showing the relationships and functioning of MangroveWatch
MangroveWatch does not rely on membership; instead it is a monitoring program and assessment methodology that can be adopted by existing conservation groups and associations.