Along the coastlines of 123 tropical countries, mangroves are vital for healthy ecosystems and human communities. Over 100 million people around the world live within 10 kilometres of mangrove forests, benefiting from a variety of goods and services such as fisheries and forest products, clean water, and protection against erosion and extreme weather events. Despite the significance of these habitats, in the last few decades they have been extensively degraded and cleared, often in the interest of economic growth. Fortunately, such attitudes are changing and there is now increasing global appreciation for the planet’s remarkable mangrove forest ecosystems.
Key to improving the future fate of mangrove forests is the availability of up-to-date and comprehensive knowledge of their functioning, status, and threats, together with adequate capacity to manage and conserve these unique ecosystems. For this reason, the UNU Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) will launch the first unit of a unique 10-unit open access, self-paced online course on mangrove ecosystems and their management. The result of a unique collaboration between UNU-INWEH and TNC that commenced in 2013, the online course has been designed to build expertise on a wide range of topics, including mangrove biology, ecology, assessment, management, and restoration and incorporates the latest science, case studies, and management strategies.
For more information on the course and enrollment, visit the UNU-INWEH website.