Harnessing Big Data to Support Mangrove Conservation and Rehabilitation

  • Posted by Ellen Ditria
  • On May 27, 2020
By Dr Michael Sievers and Dr Christina Buelow, Global Wetlands Project   We are entering a remarkable era of both technological advancement and open data access, stimulating global scale analyses on mangrove ecosystems. Mangrove trees and roots provide critical habitat for wildlife and benefits to humans. Photo credit: Tom Rayner   Mangrove forests occur throughout […]
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Mangroves taking eons to recover from oil spill

  • Posted by Ellen Ditria
  • On May 20, 2020
By Professor Rod Connolly On a dark and stormy night in 1992 a major oil slick polluted a pristine mangrove forest. The oil came from a shipping mishap at the hydrocarbon facility at Port Bonython in Spencer Gulf, South Australia. It’s a significant wilderness area, home to flocks of imperious pelicans, endemic seadragons, and the […]
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Mangroves, oasis of the desert

  • Posted by Ellen Ditria
  • On May 19, 2020
By Dr. Fernanda Adame and Dr. Mischa Turschwell If you ever fly over a subtropical coast, where the desert meets the ocean, you will notice a stripe of bright green bordering the edges of meandering creeks. The greenery contrasts with the orange, yellow, and red of the surrounding desert. In this seemingly inhospitable landscape, where […]
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How can we best assess the threats and status of connected coastal wetland habitats?

  • Posted by Ellen Ditria
  • On May 14, 2020
By Dr Michael Sievers   Habitat degradation is a global crisis. Quantifying and evaluating habitat change and its impacts on ecosystem function is needed to inform management and conservation that ultimately safeguards biodiversity and human benefits. Many of these benefits in coastal ecosystems depend not only on habitat status, but also its connections with other […]
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Global fragmentation of mangrove forests

  • Posted by Chris Brown
  • On May 4, 2020
To inform conservation actions we need global indicators of wetland ecosystems that represent changes in ecosystem function. But current indicators are largely based on changes in the area of wetland ecosystems. In our new study we mapped fragmentation of mangrove habitats at a global scale. The fragmentation of habitats into patches may be a better […]
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Marine conservation implications and opportunities for China’s Belt and Road Initiative – the world’s largest ever infrastructure project

  • Posted by Chris Brown
  • On January 9, 2020
China’s Belt and Road Initiative, or the ‘New Silk Road’, is the world’s largest infrastructure development project, aimed at linking Europe and East Africa with Asia. The initiative combines a large network of terrestrial and maritime routes with the intent of linking over 70 countries, at an estimated cost of US$8 trillion by 2049. The […]
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Coastal science gathers for #CERF2019

  • Posted by Tom Rayner
  • On November 4, 2019
This week 1,700+ coastal scientists are gathering for CERF 2019 in Alabama. The 25th biennial conference of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation aims to help the research and management community become more “responsive, relevant and ready” – to connect science and society in trouble-shooting and conserving coastal environments. The Global Wetlands Project will be […]
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Seagrass lacks protection at global scale

  • Posted by Laura Griffiths
  • On October 9, 2019
Seagrass ecosystems face multiple threats, from pollution to sea level rise. However, management is failing to adequately protect these ecosystems and prevent their decline. We reviewed global policy relevant to seagrass protection and identified some critical gaps. We need to rethink how we protect coastal ecosystems in general, and seagrasses in particular, from multiple cumulative […]
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Wetlands: life support for the Great Barrier Reef

  • Posted by Tom Rayner
  • On July 26, 2019
The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is well recognised as the one of the most biodiverse and valuable ecosystems on Earth. However, few of us appreciate that one million hectares of wetlands are the life support system for this important ecosystem. In this post, Dr Fernanda Adame and Emeritus Professor Angela Arthington explore the critical relationship […]
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