Celebration of The International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem

The Future belongs to the Tropics

People & Mangroves

Mangroves are rare, spectacular, and prolific ecosystems on the boundary between land and sea. They cover about 15 million hectares worldwide, 95 % of which are in the Tropics. These extraordinary ecosystems contribute to the wellbeing, food security, and protection of coastal communities worldwide. They support a rich biodiversity and provide a valuable nursery habitat for fish and crustaceans. Mangroves also act as a natural coastal defense against storm surges, tsunamis, rising sea levels, erosion and regulate coastal water quality through sedimentation and nutrient uptake. Their soils are highly effective carbon sinks, sequestering vast amounts of carbon.

Mangrove ecosystems have longed been known to be under threats, but latest research has shown that, globally, mangrove loss rates have reduced – from what was previously estimated at one to three percent per year, to about 0.3 to 0.6 percent per year – thanks in large part to successful mangrove conservation efforts. What do these optimistic trends offer local communities?

This webinar will provide an overview of the science and conservation of mangroves. Three individuals who depend on mangrove for their livelihoods will share their experiences.


The Science of Mangroves
by Associate Professor Dr Daniel Friess
National University of Singapore


The Conservation of Mangroves for Community Livelihoods: The Malaysian Case
Dr Rahimatsah Amat FASc
Sabah Environmental Trust (SET)


Livelihoods from Mangroves

  • Fishery
    Langkawi Development Authority (LADA)
  • Local Products
    PIFWANITA, Penang
  • Tourism
    Inspirasi Kawa, Kampung Kuantan, Kuala Selangor