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Mangrove Rehabilitation Workshop - 26-28 Feb 2014

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    Mangroves on Toby Street, Boigu Island, Torres Strait
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    Erosion around pipeline installation across the mangrove zone, Western Australia
  • Restoration of impounded mangroves at East Trinity Inlet, near Cairns.
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    Sheet erosion caused by altered hydrology across the mangrove zone, Western Australia.
  • Degraded mangroves at Shute Harbour, Queensland.

The Mangrove Rehabilitation Workshop will be held after the Meeting of the Australian Mangrove Society in Townsville in 2014

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The workshop timetable is now available! Click here to view the full timetable.


Dates of Event:  26th to 28th Feb 2014

Event Conveners: Dr Norman Duke, Dr Damien Burrows and Jock Mackenzie, James Cook University

Event Location: ATSIP building conference room, James Cook University, Townsville


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Meeting of the Australian Mangrove Society 2014
Workshop Description
Event Conveners

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Workshop description:

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The James Cook University's TropWATER in collaboration with MangroveWatch Ltd and the newly formed Australian Mangrove Society, will host a special workshop and symposium on the rehabilitation and monitoring of mangroves and tidal wetlands in a changing world.

Mangroves have important key benefits for the protection, nourishment and enhancement of coastal shorelines around the World. These uses range from direct use of mangrove-dependent resources, like fishery species and wood, to indirect benefits of shoreline protection from severe storms and tsunami waves. And arguably, the far greatest benefit and most urgent need for these ecosystems is in their immense as indicators of change to shoreline intertidal habitat.

A growing body of current evidence see scientists using observations of change in mangrove vegetation as proxies forspecific drivers of change. Some notable change indicators include: mangrove dieback and retreat from shorelines as a measure of rising sea levels; mangrove dieback and retreat within the upper tidal zone as a measure of drought stress; mangrove dieback with excessive sediment deposition; crown dieback with frost damage; smothering and poisoning by large oil spills; species-specific dieback of salt-excreting species caused by agricultural chemical pollutants in catchment runoff; and physical damage from storm winds and large waves; and a lot more.

In many instances, the damage to mangrove stands might be expected to recover over time. But, as the pressures increase and accumulate with increasing human populations with the ever-increasing demand for space and resources, then natural rehabilitation has become much reduced, and all but impossible. The growing consensus amongst researchers and community members is that positive human intervention is required urgently to offset the ever-expanding negative human pressures. It has become critical that we apply smarter thinking, made more effective with increased awareness, greater experience, a greater capacity to learn from past mistakes.

We are also mindful of the huge technological advances being realized each day. It is considered prudent and progressive to use and apply smart innovations that assist not only the informed concerned community members, but that researchers work in close partnerships by providing scientifically sound and robust sampling strategies using technological innovations like smart phones and smarter internet web sites.

Replanting can lead to successful restoration in some circumstances.

The workshop has the specific goal of bringing together scientists, managers and others to assess and review strategies used for mangrove and tidal saltmarsh rehabilitation in Australia. The focus will be at a National level first, but with links internationally; supported by our invited speakers who all emphasis the need for greater international collaboration.

Think globally, act locally!

We will begin the workshop by presenting a review of rehabilitation needs in tidal wetlands. Following this review, we will break up into smaller groups to discuss the preferred future direction, evaluate the strengths, weaknesses and gaps, and define the set of top priorities for future conservation and rehabilitation works and monitoring. Afterwards, we will reconvene and come up with a consensus view depending on the ideas tabled. We envisage that the outcome of the workshop, together with an integrated rehabilitation, monitoring and conservation strategy will form the basis of a sentinel publication from this workshop.

It would be fantastic to see you there! And, we look forward to sharing all recent research results and insights.

Workshop Registration Fees:

Early Bird Day One - Wednesday 26th February: $140.00 (Students $120)

Early Bird Day Two - Thursday 27th February: $140.00 (Students $120)

Early Bird Day Three (1/2 day) Friday 28th February: $100 (Students $80)

Early Bird Full Workshop: $300.00 (Students $260; early bird closes 24th January 2014)

Full Workshop from 14th January 2014: $400.00 (Students $350)

Combined Conference and Mangrove Rehabilitation Workshop registration: $440


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Continuing from 2 days of the 2014 Australian Mangrove Society Conference.

Wednesday 26th February

Day 3: Workshop on Re-establishing science in the rehabilitation and monitoring of mangroves and tidal salt marsh.


Workshop 1
9.00 - 10.30 Introductions, setting the objectives and workshop aims
10.30 -11.00 Morning tea
11.00 - 12.30 Continue of setting the objectives and workshop aims

Workshop 2
13.30 - 15.00 Talks on rehabilitation and monitoring
15.00 - 15.30 Afternoon tea
15.30 - 17.00 Talks on rehabilitation and monitoring

Evening dinner and discussions


Thursday 27th February

Day 4: Workshop on Re-establishing science in the rehabilitation and monitoring of mangroves and tidal salt marsh.


Workshop 3
9.00- 10.30 Talks on rehabilitation and monitoring
10.30 - 11.00 Morning tea
11.00 - 12.30 Talks on rehabilitation and monitoring
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch

Workshop 4
13.30 - 17.00 Field excursion and/or Round table discussions on rehab and monitoring.

Evening Dinner


Friday 28th February

Day 5: Workshop on Re-establishing science in the rehabilitation and monitoring of mangroves and tidal salt marsh.


Workshop 5
9.00 -11.00 Conclusions & Synthesis on rehab and monitoring.

Lunch and afternoon exit of participants

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Event Conveners

Dr Norm Duke

Norm is a long time mangrove ecologist with a number of current research projects including environmental/ecological assessment of mangrove and tidal saltmarsh ecosystems, human impacts on mangrove forest ecosystems, rehabilitation and planting of degraded mangrove habitat and empowering, and engaging local community volunteers in a science and community partnership program called MangroveWatch. Read more.



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Dr Damien Burrows

Damien Burrows is the founding Director of TropWATER. He is a Senior Research Scientist specialising in freshwater, estuarine and coastal aquatic ecosystems and catchment management. Damien is also co-Director of MangroveWatch. Read more.






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Jock MacKenzie

Jock Mackenzie is Coordinator-Director and co-founder of MangroveWatch. Jock is currently completing his PhD on mangrove health assessment and has spent the past 10 years working in the field of mangrove ecology, examining the issues that impact these important habitats in Australia, India, Vietnam, Thailand and Solomon Islands. He’s passionate about working with local people to help protect their important mangrove resource. Jock’s broad research interests include mangrove ecosystem health assessment, saltmarsh ecology, tidal wetlands and blue carbon and tidal wetland ecosystem services. Read more.


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While this workshop is being held at James Cook University, Douglas Townsville it is recommended that workshop participants stay in the city as accommodation options near the university are limited.

Each morning a bus will pick up delegates from a central location on Palmers Street – Old bus Terminal (Corner of Palmer and Plume street) and drop off each evening.

Accommodation options along Palmer Street are:


2 Dibbs St
South Townsville
(07) 4778 9000

Prices around $116

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Quest Townsville:

30-34 Palmer St
Townsville City
(07) 4726 4444

Prices around $135

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Grand Hotel

8-10 Palmer St
Townsville City
(07) 4753 2800

Prices around $140

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Rydges Southbank Townsville:

23 Palmer St
Townsville City
(07) 4726 5265

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Hotel Ibis Townsville:

12-14 Palmer St
Townsville City
(07) 4753 2000

Prices around $109

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Park Regis Anchorage:

51 Palmer St
South Townsville
(07) 4722 6200

Prices around $99

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Holiday Inn Townsville:

320-334 Flinders St
Townsville City
(07) 4729 2000

Prices around $117

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Adventurers Backpackers Resorts:

79 Palmer St
Townsville City
(07) 4721 1522

Prices around $45 p/n

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Each morning a bus will pick up delegates from a central location on Palmers Street – the Old bus Terminal (Corner of Palmer and Plume street) and drop them off each evening.

Map showing the location of the pick up point.
Map showing pick up and drop off location.

If you wish to take this bus please indicate this on you registration form.

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Workshop organisers contact details are:

Dr Norm Duke -

Dr Damien Burrows -

Dr Yvette Williams -

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