Sustainable management of mangroves in the face of climate change

The 2nd ASEAN Mangrove Congress

4 -8 September 2017
Manila, Philippines

Climate change is among one of the biggest challenges facing humanity. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 4th Assessment Report in 2007 emphasised that the Southeast Asian region is expected to be adversely impacted by it. In many areas, this is already seen from the numerous incidences of tropical cyclones, floods, tsunamis, landslides, and storms.
Mangrove habitats serve as natural barriers to coastal areas threatened by environmental risks. Nevertheless, most countries in the ASEAN region are experiencing degradation of the ecosystem from development and human activities.
Against this background and in support of the Philippines ASEAN Chairmanship this year, the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) organised the 2nd ASEAN Mangrove Congress.

MangroveDuring the forum

The forum brought together experts, researchers, as well as government and non-governmental organisations from the region and outside in addressing the ASEAN region’s technical and institutional capacity for sustainable mangrove management in the face of climate change.

Malaysia’s delegates  at theforum included representatives from the Forestry Department, MIMA and local academes

Ms. Cheryl Rita Kaur, Head of the Centre for Coastal and Marine Environment, MIMA attended as well as presented a poster titled ‘Formulating policy and management measures towards prioritising coastal blue carbon based on the Malaysian case’ at the forum. She referred to a recent study by MIMA which focused on mangroves conservation, the current situation, and issues and challenges faced before providing some policy and management options for incorporating blue carbon strategies into national conservation measures. Comparisons with international practices were made as a means of benchmarking in formulating effective measures at the national level.    

Mangrove3Poster display at the meeting

The presentation by Cheryl Rita is available in MIMA SeaViews at HERE

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