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Communities of Ocean Action
Mangroves are highly productive ecosystems providing numerous goods and services that include support of fisheries, maintenance and improvement of water quality, coastal protection and carbon sequestration. Mangroves have been estimated to provide at least US$1.6 billion per year in ?ecosystem services? worldwide. Approximately 67% of global mangroves have been lost in the past century to coastal development, aquaculture, pollution and other human activities.

The importance of mangroves is reflected in more than 90 voluntary commitments that relate to the restoration, rehabilitation, protection and management of mangroves and associated ecosystems. These voluntary commitments reflect the vital role that mangroves play in supporting livelihoods of coastal communities, sustainable fisheries, resilience to the impacts of climate change and sequestering atmospheric CO2.

This community of practice aims to support its members in implementing their mangrove-related voluntary commitments by exchanging progress reports, experiences, lessons learned and good practices.
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Focal points
  • Dr. Bruno Oberle, Director General, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Ms. Martha Rojas Urrego, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
  • H.E. Bernard Fautrier, Co-Chairman, The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI)
  • Mr. Bronte Tilbrook, co-chair, Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOAON)
  • Peter Swarzenski, Section Head, Radioecology Laboratory (REL), Monaco, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
  • Ms. Maria Damanaki, Global Managing Director for Oceans, The Nature Conservancy
  • Ms. Elizabeth Mrema, Acting Executive Secretary, Convention on Bilogical Diversity (CBD)
  • Mr. Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Mr. Árni M Mathiesen, Assistant Director-General for Fisheries and Aquaculture, FAO
  • Mr. Kitack Lim, Secretary-General, International Maritime Organization (IMO)
  • Ms. Janis Searles Jones, CEO, Ocean Conservancy
  • Mr. Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs
  • Mr. Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute (WRI)
  • Mr. Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary, IOC and Assistant Director General of UNESCO
  • Ms. Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of Global Environment Facility (GEF)
  • Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares, Legal Counsel, Office of Legal Affairs (OLA)
  • Mr. Michael Lodge, Secretary-General, International Seabed Authority
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