Translations Guidelines

The Best Practice Guidelines for Mangrove Restoration is a joint product developed by the Global Mangrove Alliance and the Blue Carbon Initiative and led by the University of Queensland, Conservation International, Wetlands International, Blue Marine Foundation and the International Blue Carbon Institute, along with dozens of mangrove scientists and user groups across the world.

What we bring:

  • Step-by-step guidance on best practices for every phase of the mangrove restoration project cycle, supporting effective project design, funding, and implementation from a holistic social, financial and impact point of view.
  • Centered around well-established community-based ecological restoration approaches, which has been shown to enhance restoration success and longevity.
  • The latest local and scientific best practices and links to useful resources, gathered into one place for the first time.
  • A submodule on blue carbon, which addresses how to align mangrove restoration with national climate mitigation targets, or how to produce carbon credits to fund long-term project maintenance, monitoring, and community benefits.
  • Additional modules related to coastal protection, biodiversity, and fisheries added over time.
  • Soon available in more languages.

Principle 1: Safeguard nature and maximise biodiversity

Principle 2:
Employ the best information and practices

Principle 3: Empower people and address their needs

Principle 4:
Align to the broader context – operate locally and contextually

Principle 5:
Design for sustainability

Principle 6: Mobilize high-integrity capital

Catherine Lovelock, Associate Professor at the University of Queensland

“We have synthesized the work of the many committed scientists that contributed to creating this consolidated Guidelines. Thanks to the mangrove restoration science community for sharing their wisdom! Mangrove restoration scientists have been generous with the lessons they have learned from restoring mangroves. This document brings together their collective work in one place. Anyone who wants to restore mangroves will find something useful in the Guidelines.”

Dr. Jennifer Howard, Vice President of the Blue Carbon Program at Conservation International

“Restoring mangroves is a potentially transformative nature-based solution to mitigate climate change and increase coastal resiliency. However, scaling and investments in ambitious mangrove restoration projects has been slow due to perceived risk and low success rates. The good news is, effective mangrove restoration approaches that are science-based and provide fair and equitable benefits have been around for years, however this capacity and knowledge is not broadly available. We hope to change that.” 

Pieter van Eijk, Programme Head of Coasts and Deltas with Wetlands International

”We need to think before we plant and move away from mass monoculture mangrove planting towards inclusive ecological restoration approaches that involve local communities and build upon the latest scientific insights. Planting in many cases is not needed. Success happens when we create the right conditions for mangroves to grow back naturally, addressing hydrology, nutrient and sedimentation requirements, and only use planting to assist or enrich the natural regeneration process. In addition, we must create the right socioeconomic conditions to support their long-term protection.”

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