Mangroves under pressure: Forgotten wetlands in the changing climate

Parallel session 2: 16.00-17.30
Al Majida

Host/ Co-hosts
Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute, Qatar Foundation  
Conservation International

There is a lack of awareness of the importance of mangroves and their protection as a crucial part of climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts. New research shows that mangroves store exceptionally more carbon than tropical forests. However, a 30%-50% decline in mangroves over the past half-century has raised fears that they may disappear in 100 years. This session will explore the role that mangroves play in combating climate change, their current status and successful restoration programmes.

Boone Kauffman, Research Professor, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University

Keynote speaker
Stephen Crooks, Director, Climate Change Services ESA PWA, Co-Chair International Blue Carbon Working Group


  • Simon Eggleston, Head, Technical Support Unit, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories Programme
  • Jurgenne Primavera, Technical Adviser, Ecosystem-based Adaptation Program in the Verde Island Passage Philippines, Conservation International, and Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation, Chief Mangrove Scientific Advisor, Zoological Society of London
  • Mohamed Khowlie, Environment Consultant, Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute, Qatar Foundation

Daniel Murdiyarso, Senior Scientist, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Key questions

  • To what extent does the mangrove ecosystem contribute to carbon cycles and in mitigating climate change?
  • How will the role of mangroves in sequestering carbon be incorporated into carbon reporting by countries?
  • How can mangroves provide solutions to adaptation issues?

Daniel Murdiyarso

Background reading