Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation and Mitigation Program (SWAMP): Phase 2

Project statusCLOSED
Project start2016-10-01
Project end2018-09-30

The Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation and Mitigation Program (SWAMP) is a collaborative effort by CIFOR, the USDA Forest Service (USFS) and Oregon State University with support from the US Agency for International Development (USAID). 

Carbon-rich mangroves and peatlands are high priorities in climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies throughout the world. Preliminary studies have demonstrated that carbon stocks in these ecosystems are among the highest of any forest type. However, most countries do not have sufficient information to include wetlands in their national reporting to the UNFCCC nor to develop plans for avoiding GHG emissions from wetland conservation. USFS and CIFOR together with other partners have developed a collaborative agenda to better understand the C-dynamics in these ecosystems. SWAMP is expected to generate knowledge that is relevant to policymakers and practitioners regarding the sustainable management of wetlands in the face of changing global climate and livelihoods of local community. 

Building on the accomplishments of Phase 1 of SWAMP we continue our work with this new program that has the following objectives:

  1. To quantify the carbon cycling, stocks and greenhouse gas (GHG) fluxes in natural, degraded and restored tropical wetlands as the foundation for the provision of ecosystem services;
  2. To develop holistic decision support models and tools that will guide the development and implementation of mitigation, adaptation, and more effective restoration projects designed to sustain wetland ecosystem services;
  3. To build the institutional capacity necessary to develop national and project-level activities involving wetlands as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) obligations;
  4. To engage a wide range of stakeholders (for example, natural resource managers, non-governmental organizations, collaborating scientists, and small land owners) in outreach and capacity development at all scales of land governance and use.

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