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The Importance of Mangroves to People: A Call to Action

The Importance of Mangroves to People: A Call to Action
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). September 2014
  • This publication provides a synthesis of the importance of tropical mangroves to people. It provides a range of policy and management interventions that can be used to better protect, sustainably use and restore mangroves to ensure they continue to support the people who have depended on them for generations. The document is divided into five thematic chapters, with several case studies that present local studies which support the chapter messages. Each chapter is led by key chapter messages and closes by recommending further (online) resources for policy makers. Chapter 1 provides an overview of global mangrove distribution as well as associated biodiversity and interconnectivity with adjacent ecosystems. Chapter 2 highlights the key ecosystem services that mangroves provide to people, and their link to human well-being. Chapter 3 presents an overview of the most significant drivers of mangrove loss, and presents an assessment of global mangrove losses through several regional change maps spanning the last two to three decades. Chapter 4 discusses the different management and policy options that are available to support mangrove conservation and sustainable management and restoration. Finally, Chapter 5 discusses the existing knowledge and data gaps and where research efforts should focus in order to gain a full understanding of the status and value of mangroves to people and the planet.
  • Geographical coverage: Global
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Aquaculture, Biodiversity, Climate change, Coastal zones, Economic impact, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Forests, Information and data, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), River Basin Management, Sustainable development, Water quality
  • Main target audience: Decision makers, Governments, International organizations, Policy makers
  • Main purpose: Advocacy, Assessment, Awareness raising, Reporting on project findings/outputs
  • Type of resource: Assessment report, Glossary
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Published in 2015