Innovation in Mangrove Ecosystem Management to Support Community Livelihood and Climate Change Mitigation
A session by Forest Research Development and Innovation Agency (FORDIA) cq. Centre for Research and Development on Social, Economy, Policy and Climate Change
Date : Thursday, 9 November 2017
Time : 13.00 – 14.30
Venue : Indonesia Pavilion at COP 23, Bonn Zone, Number A02, Bonn, Germany
Mangrove ecosystems provide many goods and environmental services essential for the livelihoods of coastal peoples, the sustainability of fisheries, and biodiversity conservation, and they store among the highest densities of carbon of any ecosystem globally. Mangrove ecosystems are under threat worldwide, however, with up to 50% of the world’s mangroves lost in the last 40 years. At least one-quarter of surviving mangroves are moderately to severely degraded. Evidence and case studies presented at this conference demonstrate conclusively that, with adequate investment, sustainable mangrove management can play a significant role in implementing Articles 5 and 7 of the Paris Agreement on the conservation and enhancement of carbon sinks and enabling adaptation to climate change, and in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Managing mangrove ecosystems needs a strong governance system with clear objectives in securing tenure related issues. Rehabilitation and restoration of degraded mangroves should be implemented in tandem with conservation efforts of protected mangroves and enhancement of value chains of non-timber forest products. Many cases has also shown the leading role of women in the restoration and rehabilitation of mangroves worldwide and the importance of involving local communities in sustainable mangrove management.