Pioneering mangrove monitoring program partners experts with the community

Duke, Norm, and Mackenzie, Jock (2010) Pioneering mangrove monitoring program partners experts with the community. Wetlands Australia, National Wetlands Update, 18. pp. 24-25.

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Abstract

[Extract] Australia's first community “watch” program for mangroves that addresses both scientific and environmental management needs is underway. Such a monitoring system has never before been conducted by a partnership between community members and scientists.

Mangroves and tidal saltmarshes are amongst the most endangered marine wetland habitats worldwide. This is despite a wealth of benefits, ranging from fish habitat supporting commercial and recreational fisheries, to shoreline defence protecting valuable coastal real estate. These wetlands also act as filters of coastal waters, but they are disappearing around the world at up to 2 per cent per year on average. As a consequence, there has been a dramatic loss of ecosystem services from mangroves with vast losses in area and function as remnant patches progressively deteriorate.

Despite this, Australia's mangrove habitats are considered the healthiest in the world and Australians can boast having the world's third, or arguably second largest area for this wetland type. The extent of Australia's mangrove habitats is about 12,000 km_, and the area of tidal wetlands is easily twice that figure.

Item ID: 48520
Item Type: Article (Scholarly Work)
ISSN: 1446-4843
Keywords: mangroves; habitat; monitoring; condition assessment; mangrovewatch; community; management; Queensland; Australia; IWP
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2017 01:21
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050203 Environmental Education and Extension @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960503 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences @ 50%
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