Superheroes of biodiversity – why mangroves matter

International policy

Our goal is to embed and strengthen ambitious objectives on mangrove conservation in international and national political agendas such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Paris Agreement. The UN decades on Ocean Science and Ecosystem Restoration present additional global frameworks for accelerating action on sustainable mangrove management.

With the elaboration of the post-2020 strategic framework of the CBD, the upcoming Global Stocktake and Ocean Dialogue under the Paris Agreement, and the expiration of several targets under SDG14 (Life Below Water), it is vital that marine and coastal nature-based solutions such as mangroves gain importance in political decision making.

We provide guidance for decision makers on why and how to protect mangroves – for securing livelihoods, conserving biodiversity and addressing climate change.

And we call on them for action.

National policy and regional cooperation 

We believe that a regional approach is needed to effectively halt mangrove loss and support the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region to become a champion in mangrove conservation. Our engagement with a variety of stakeholders – from academics to law professionals, field developers, government officials, policymakers and representatives of the private sector – facilitates exchange and supports regional networks, paving the way for mainstreaming mangrove conservation into national strategies.

We support capacity development in the Western Indian Ocean, following the needs identified by the regional stakeholders themselves. Measures include undertaking assessments of national legal frameworks and the socio-economic value of mangroves in the region, as well as mapping mangrove extent to determine future losses and gains.

We also support lighthouse projects to foster innovation, identify best practices, and bridge the science-policy gap – for example in Kenya, where we engaged the mapping and assessment of carbon stocks in Lamu´s mangroves. At the same time, and together with our partners, we prepare the ground to integrate the results into national policy.


Our political goals, and ultimately their implementation on the ground, can only be achieved through broad cooperation with a large array of stakeholders. One of our essential tasks is therefore to build and facilitate partnerships with actors at all levels, to make sure that mangroves are recognized for the benefits they provide to people and nature, and that their protection receives adequate attention and funding.

We support the broad and ambitious approach of the Global Mangrove Alliance (GMA), which brings together leading conservation NGOs and provides a strategic platform for the global alignment of mangrove agendas. In the Western Indian Ocean, our natural partner is the WIO Mangrove Network, which holds the biggest expertise and experience on mangrove conservation and restoration.

Knowledge exchange is a crucial factor of successful cooperation. We are dedicated to creating opportunities for exchange, improving knowledge accessibility for all stakeholders, and helping close existing knowledge gaps on mangrove protection.

— 01 Our Campaign


Mangroves should matter to each and every one of us. They regulate our climate, protect our coastlines, provide us with food, and sustain livelihoods. It’s time to listen to the stories of hope from mangrove communities across the world.  

Our Roots of Hope campaign will travel through different mangrove communities in Madagascar, Tanzania, Mozambique and Kenya throughout 2021 and 2022.  

With this grounded approach, we aim to create a movement focused on restoring biodiversity, preserving livelihoods and tackling the climate crisis. 

— 02 Our Approach


Julika Tribukait
International WWF Centre for Marine Conservation
Mönckebergstr. 27
20095 Hamburg

Dorothée Herr
Global Marine & Polar Programme
Rue Mauverney 28
1196 Gland

Jan Weinreich 
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Dahlmannstraße 4
53113 Bonn

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