Science and economics: next steps for mangrove plans

19 December 2011 | Event

As part of IUCN Oceania's MESCAL project, a workshop was recently held to discuss and develop research methodologies to gather baseline information on the flora and fauna associated with mangrove ecosystems of Vanuatu, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Samoa. 

“Science, economics and governance are important elements for sustainable management of any natural system and these are areas the MESCAL team focused on specifically during the workshop,” said Milika Sobey, Water and Wetlands Programme Coordinator at IUCN Oceania Regional Office.

Over thirty participants from the five participating countries and partner organizations attended the workshop, which was held on 12 – 15 December in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

For this component of the project, IUCN is working with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme and the University of the South Pacific, an IUCN Member.

The four day workshop ended with country delegates drafting their respective implementation plans which would be pursued in the next year.

The regional project, Managing Ecosystems and Climate change Adaptation and Livelihoods (MESCAL), is being implemented in the five countries and encourages inter-agency coordination for the management of mangroves and related ecosystems.

During the first year of implementation, all country projects have undertaken in-country awareness of the project; selected suitable demonstration sites and reviewed all relevant policies.

The event was organized by the Water and Wetlands Programme of IUCN Oceania Regional Office.

For more information contact:
Water and Wetlands Coordinator, Milika Sobey. Ph: +679 3319084; E: milika.sobey@iucn.org