Regional Mangroves Course

Regional Mangroves Course



Course Background & Objective

Coastal ecosystems, including mangrove forests, provide an array of ecosystem goods and services that support the livelihoods of millions of people in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region via fisheries production, provision of timber & fuel wood, coastal zone protection and biodiversity habitat. Of the estimated global mangrove cover of 15.2 million ha, about 1 million ha are found in the WIO region. Mangrove forests in eastern Africa are in a relatively good state of health, however these spatially limited coastal ecosystems are under increasing global and local pressures, altering their composition, structure and function and their capacity to provide essential ecosystem services. To maintain healthy and vibrant coastal ecosystems for the WIO coastal ecosystems, an effective, long term and integrated protection, management and rehabilitation strategy is crucial. To achieve this there needs to be a strong focus on capacity development to generate necessary practical knowledge, skills and technical expertise on tools, methods and approaches to ecosystem based coastal and mangrove management.

With the support of WIOMSA-MASMA program, the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) along with regional agencies: WIO Mangrove Network (WMN), Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), Wetlands International, The Coastal Oceans Research and Development – Indian Ocean (CORDIO), the IUCN ‘Resilient Coast Initiative’, University of Nairobi, Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS) of the University of Dar es Salaam, Nairobi Convention and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) ‘Coastal East Africa Initiative’ (CEA-NI), is coordinating an initiative for monitoring, research and conservation of mangrove forests through training in scientific methodology and approaches for integrated management of coastal ecosystems. This exercise is based on a successful capacity development initiative held annually by Annamalai University in India for past fifteen years (( The program is also supported under UNU-INWEH’s global scale capacity building framework ‘Ecosystem Based Adaptation approach for Sustainable Management and Governance of Coastal Ecosystems (ENGAGE)’ that aims to create a network of professionals or community of practice advocating for mangroves at all levels.

This second regional training program follows the successful completion of the first course held at the University of Nairobi’s field station in December 2013 ( mangrove-wio-region/) wherein 24 people from 8 different countries participated. The program fits in the objectives of the UNEP Nairobi Convention (1996) for the protection, development and management of coastal and marine resources in the WIO region and is designed to underline regional priorities, to enhance regional capacity on ecosystem based approaches and tools for the rehabilitation, conservation and sustainable utilization of mangrove resources and develops capacity on multiple dimensions of integrated approaches for Mangrove Ecosystems Management. In addition to support the objectives of the regional initiative- WIO Mangrove Network (established in 2012) that has strategic goals of knowledge exchange, active dialogue, and enhanced regional capacity in the field of mangroves and their management.

2016 Course Brochure

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Application forms (downloadable in MS Word or a PDF) can be sent via email or by sending hard copies by March 20th, 2016 to:

Ms Preethi Anbalagan
United Nations University (UNU)
Institute for Water, Environment and Health
204 – 175 Longwood Rd. South
Hamilton, Ontario L8P 0A1 Canada
Tel: +1 905 667-5866
Fax: +1 905 667 5510
Full Email:
contact [dot] inweh [at] unu [dot] edu

Please Note:

Emails must have “Mangrove Ecosystems Of The Western Indian Ocean Region” in the subject line

Late Applications will not be considered.

Due to the high number of applications only successful applicants will be contacted.