A joint effort by IUCN and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), in collaboration with University of Cambridge and supported by the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) will produce a global map of mangrove restoration potential. So far there has not been any global assessment of mangrove restoration potential as it relates to both climate adaptation and mitigation.
The interactive map will provide global, as well as national overview figures on mangrove restoration potential, based on mangrove typologies, regional and national boundaries, biogeographic ecoregions as well as protected area status. The map will allow identification of priority areas for mangrove restoration based on both potential ecosystem services gains and/or other socio-economic benefits.
As the international community is setting ambitious targets to curb and adapt to climate change, increase biodiversity, and designate extensive areas as protected, global analyses is needed to show where to invest our efforts. The restoration of mangroves can significantly contribute to such efforts, including via the implementation of the UNFCCC Paris Agreement, the CBD Aichi targets, the RAMSAR Convention and not least the SDGS. Mangroves sequester large amounts of carbon, provide critical coastal protection to local communities and are home to a suite of flora and fauna. By restoring the worlds mangroves we can address climate change while also protecting healthy lands and waters, and improving communities and economies.
This work is part of a large BMU-IKI funded project called: Utilizing landscape scale forest ecosystem rehabilitation as a cost effective bridge for the integrated deployment of national land-based mitigation and adaptation strategies
The production of an interactive, global map of mangrove restoration potential. The map will show where around the globe mangrove restoration is possible and allow identification of priority areas for mangrove restoration based on both potential ecosystem services gains and/or other socio-economic drivers of costs or potential gains.
Alongside the map, a policy report and several policy briefs will be developed to inform policy makers and practitioners about the application of this map. The briefs will show how this maps can be used to inform national implementation strategies, thus supporting countries efforts to meet international climate and conservation targets.