Mangrove Ecosystem Management in ASEAN Region

Proponent : Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia
Implementing Agency : Institute of Mangrove Research and Development, Indonesia

Background

The ASEAN region is home to over 40 percent of the world’s total mangrove forests, which provides essential ecological, economic, and social services to the region. Despite the important role of mangrove forests, the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity reported major mangrove deforestation during the last four decades, losing about 33 percent of its mangrove forests1. Several measures to combat the loss of mangroves have been taken, including the establishment of the ASEAN Mangrove Network (AMNET) to support, promote, and strengthen the existing conservation and rehabilitation efforts of the mangrove ecosystem in ASEAN. AMNET also serves as a platform for bringing better environment and livelihoods for the people living along the coastal areas of ASEAN Member States through sustainable mangrove ecosystem management.

At the first AMNET meeting in 2014, all members committed themselves to developing a database of information on good practices and lessons learned on mangrove management in the ASEAN region. To improve and further promote sustainable mangrove management using the database, the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) supports the implementation of the project titled Mangrove Ecosystem Management in ASEAN Region.

What is the project aiming for?

The project aims to strengthen the network and communication tools among AMNET members to promote sustainable mangrove ecosystem management through:

  • Upgrade of an Integrated Information System for mangrove management activities;
  • Development of model sites in Indonesia;
  • Formulation of a Regional Strategy for Sustainable Mangrove Management; and
  • Empowerment of stakeholders in sustainable mangrove ecosystem management.

No action is insignificant and greater collaboration is ever more important. With healthier and sustainably managed forest ecosystems, ASEAN can indeed become the epicentre for green growth.

Press Statement for the International Day of Forests

21 March 2023

AEAN Centre for Biodiversity

The project aligns with the Strategic Plan of Action for ASEAN Cooperation on Forestry (2016-2025), Strategic Thrust 1. Enhancing Sustainable Forest Management. Further, this project contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) particularly Goal 13 (taking actions against impacts of climate change) as outlined in the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP).

The project is currently underway and scheduled to be completed in September 2024.

As of 30 May 2023

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