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Outcomes of the Network for Mangroves & Tidal Saltmarsh

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The value in the network is primarily based on its presence and the greater inter-connectiveness of its members. Hence the need for a website to link all who are interested. A key aim is to improve communication about on-ground works like rehabilitation that for the most part, where they constantly repeat fundamental mistakes since there has been no formal process of documentation or national reporting.

Improved communication allows not only experienced stakeholders to share their ideas, but it also essentially provides a forum for those, like policymakers, to quickly locate and enhance background knowledge and advice on all matters concerning mangrove and tidal saltmarsh habitats around Australia.

AMS 2014 field trip
AMS 2014 field trip
One suggested initiative, not yet acted upon, has been to form or establish a specific think tank of members who can prepare a position paper outlining research priorities and management goals, advise on collaborative big picture projects, direct future publications of current relevant ideas, standardize research, monitoring and management methodologies, advise Government policy makers on best practice monitoring, and to help direct funding towards national sentinel projects with lasting national and global outcomes.

Other key initiatives by network members include primary projects like: 1) to set up the website, 2) to develop a formal database of stakeholders listing their contact details, interests and projects, and 3) a specific database and portal listing all mangrove and saltmarsh restoration sites around the country, and their status.

This section is a work in progress. Please send us any published outcomes with links for posting here - papers, reports, and so on.


Participants of the workshop with the 2015 AMSN Conference have a submission in preparation. So watch this space!

From 2000-2012, the International MMM conferences and workshops, have produced a number of high-profile papers as well as Journal Special Issues published. These cover a range of mangrove-related topics and themes, including ecology as well as environmental management. These publications have been written by consortia of authors from different countries joining forces.

- resulting from MMM1 2000: Wetlands Ecology and Management 10 (2002);

- resulting from MMM2 2006: Journal of Sea Research 59(1-2) (2007) and Aquatic Botany 89(2)  (2008)

The following article was developed from the Daintree workshop with the 2006 MMM Conference on the Gold Coast, Queensland. In the future, we would like to contribute further such encompassing articles relevant to policy makers and managers.

Duke, N. C., J.-O. Meynecke, S. Dittmann, A. M. Ellison, K. Anger, U. Berger, S. Cannicci, K. Diele, K. C. Ewel, C. D. Field, N. Koedam, S. Y. Lee, C. Marchand, I. Nordhaus, F. Dahdouh-Guebas. 2007. A World Without Mangroves? Science 317: 41-42.     

- resulting from MMM3 2012: Biogeosciences 10-11 (2013-2014) and Acta Oecologica 63 (2014).

For descriptions and identification of all 80 mangroves in the World see:

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World Mangrove iD is a living expert guide to all mangrove plants worldwide. The app has 2 published versions, for android (2014, ISBN: ISBN 978-0-9923659-1-2) and for iPhone and iPad (2013, ISBN: 978-0-9923659-0-5). You will find answers to your questions about mangroves in this authoritative guide. Happy Mangroving!

Funded by TropWATER Centre, James Cook University

"It is like having your very own mangrove expert on call - at home, in the office, in the field!"

The app works remotely once you have it downloaded! The app was developed by Norm Duke for MangroveWatch Ltd, the charitable, not-for-profit environmental monitoring NGO for tidal wetlands. 

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The guide provides more than 800 exquisite images, 100 world distribution records and authoritative botanical descriptions of 85 mangrove plant species, hybrids and varieties occurring worldwide; plus a selection of 15 common associate plants you are likely to come across.

You are invited to help fill gaps revealed in the guide. It could be a new image, or just a better one, or, it could be more information on peak flowering and fruiting periods, or even a new species! Your observations might increase our understanding of what is happening in your local mangroves!

Let us know if a country species list needs correction or updating. Use the Capture facility to send a message and an image showing diagnostic parts of a specimen to verify your observations; along with the location where it was growing.

Your contribution maybe more important than you might imagine; you will be acknowledged, especially when any of your information is used in future upgrades of the guide.