Mangroves are among the world’s most productive ecosystems, producing a wide range of goods and environmental services. If sustainably managed, mangrove ecosystems can support the livelihoods of millions of coastal-dwelling people while storing globally significant quantities of carbon. But the area of mangrove forests is decreasing in many tropical countries due to poor management and rapid development.
The aim of the International Conference on Sustainable Mangrove Ecosystems is to promote the conservation, restoration and sustainable management and use of mangrove forest resources by drawing on the lessons learned from the implementation of a range of mangrove initiatives and projects in the tropics.
It will also identify ways in which sustainably managed mangrove ecosystems can contribute to the achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change.
The conference is being organized jointly by ITTO, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Indonesia, and the International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems (ISME), in collaboration with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet), AFoCo, other partners, and the private sector in Indonesia.