Daniel Murdiyarso – Mangroves may turn the tide

As a collaborative program between CIFOR and US Forest Services, SWAMP has entered its third year and been implemented in 24 countries. The activities range from field campaign, capacity building and policy dialogues in countries where significant size of wetland ecosystems including peatlands and mangroves are found. Today, we will learn how significant it is to include mangroves in climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. They store carbon as much as 5-6 times higher than lowland tropical forests could significantly mitigate climate change. These storage is mainly the soil (80%) so that they need special attention with regard to land-use change, especially for aquaculture development. Mangroves also offer protection of coastal zone from sea level rise. Learn more: http://www.cifor.org/swamp