July 26 International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem (Día internacional de conservación del ecosistema de manglares) #‎DíaDelManglar #MangroveDay @UNESCO
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Mangroves are extraordinary ecosystems, located at the interface of land and sea in tropical regions, which offer a considerable array of ecosystem goods and services. Although they are found in 123 nations and territories, mangrove forests are globally rare. They represent less than 1% of all tropical forests worldwide, and less than 0.4% of the total global forest estate. - UNESCO

July 26 International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem
Spanish: Día internacional de conservación del ecosistema de manglares
Hashtags: #MangroveDay #DíaDelManglar

Key Links

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/international-days/int-day-for-the-conservation-of-the-mangrove-ecosystem/mangrove-ecosystem-2017
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Background: 2016 marks UNESCO's first celebration of the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem. The proclamation of this international day, which was adopted November 6, 2015 by the General Conference of UNESCO, underlined the importance of mangrove ecosystems as “a unique, special and vulnerable ecosystem, providing by virtue of their existence, biomass and productivity substantial benefits to human beings, providing forestry, fishery goods and services as well as contributing to the protection of the coastline and being particularly relevant in terms of mitigation of the effects of climate change and food security for local communities.”

Proclamation of the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem

Background: At the request of Ecuador and with the support of GRULAC item 41 the proclamation of the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem was included in the agenda of the 197th session of the Executive Board. Decision 41 adopted by the Executive Board at its 197th session (197 EX/Decision 41) invites the Director-General to support all efforts leading to the proclamation of the “International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem”, to include this item into the agenda of the 38th session of the General Conference and recommended that the General Conference adopt, at its 38th session, a resolution concerning this subject. Purpose: This document provides information on the rationale, objectives and other important information regarding the proposal to proclaim the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem.

Proclamation of the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem 1. After having examined this item, the Executive Board recommended that the General Conference, at its 38th session, adopt a resolution for the Proclamation of the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem. 2. In light of the above, the General Conference may which to adopt the following draft resolution: The General Conference, Having examined document 38 C/66, Considering that mangroves are a unique, special and vulnerable ecosystem, providing by virtue of their existence, biomass and productivity substantial benefits to human beings, providing forestry, fishery goods and services as well as contributing to the protection of the coastline and being particularly relevant in terms of mitigation of the effects of climate change and food security for local communities; Recalling that promotion of a harmonious relationship between human beings and their natural environment, privileging ecosystems of singular importance and vulnerability, is part of the essence of UNESCO and its international science programmes; Recognizing that 26 July each year is celebrated worldwide as the International Day for the Defense of the Mangrove Ecosystem without being as yet an international day as declared by the United Nations or any of its agencies; Recalling that within the framework of its Man and the Biosphere Programme, International Hydrological Programme and Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems Programme, UNESCO has developed with partners an open initiative on mangroves and sustainable development; 1. Requests the Director-General to take the appropriate measures, and to set up mechanisms, to proclaim 26 July as International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem”; 2. Further requests the Director-General to: (i) promote the celebration of the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem; (ii) grant support to the officially recognized local, national, regional and international activities carried out as part of this annual celebration; (iii) encourage Member States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, universities, research centres, civil society associations, schools and other local stakeholders to actively participate in the event.


EXPLANATORY NOTE 1. Ecuador, with the support of GRULAC, proposed that the UNESCO Executive Board include an agenda item at its 197th session on the proclamation of the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem. 2. The proposal underlined the importance of mangrove ecosystems to coastline protection, climate change mitigation and food security for local communities. It highlighted several links with UNESCO, including through the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme, Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (LINKS) Programme, the International Hydrological (IHP) Programme, the World Heritage Convention and the Global Geoparks Network. 3. The World Network of Biosphere Reserves of MAB already includes some 84 sites that have mangrove components. Many of these biosphere reserves are in developing countries and in Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Examples are La Selle Biosphere Reserve in Haiti and the island of Principe in Sao Tome and Principe, as well as other biosphere reserves such as Shankou Mangrove in China and Can Gio Mangrove in Viet Nam. World Heritage sites with mangrove ecosystems include the Phoenix Islands Protected Areas in Kiribati. The Global Geopark Network also has mangrove sites such as the Langkawi Global Geopark of Malaysia. 4. Since 2013 in Latin America and the Caribbean, UNESCO has supported an open initiative on mangroves and sustainable development in cooperation with the Permanent Commission for the South Pacific, Conservation International, Ecuador and the Hivos Foundation, through the work of MAB, specifically the IberoMAB Network, IHP and LINKS. 5. During the preparation of the Regional Plan for the Conservation of Mangroves in the Southeast Pacific, representatives from the Governments of Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama and Peru have recommended that the International Day in the Defense of the Mangrove Ecosystem, already celebrated on 26 July each year by many countries without being recognized by the United Nations or any of its agencies, be recognized by UNESCO. It is noted that in Ecuador this date has been celebrated by mangrove users for the past 17 years. 6. The activities in relation to this International Day will be carried out by the Member States and the interested institutions. There will be no direct financial implications to the Regular Budget of UNESCO.

Elsewhere on the Web

http://www.redmanglarinternacional.org
http://www.star2.com/living/living-environment/2017/07/26/save-mangrove-swamps-save-food-facials/
http://mangroveactionproject.org

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  • Mangroves are extraordinary ecosystems, located at the interface of land and sea in tropical regions, which offer a considerable array of ecosystem goods and services.
  • Although they are found in 123 nations and territories, mangrove forests are globally rare. They represent less than 1% of all tropical forests worldwide, and less than 0.4% of the total global forest estate.
  • Mangroves are disappearing three to five times faster than overall global forest losses, with serious ecological and socio-economic impacts.
  • Management and restoration of mangrove ecosystems is an achievable and cost effective way to help ensure food security for many coastal communities.
    • These forested wetlands are rich in biodiversity. They provide a valuable nursery habitat for fish and crustaceans; a food source for monkeys, deer, birds, even kangaroos; and a source of nectar for honeybees. They support complex communities, where thousands of other species interact.
    • Healthy mangrove ecosystems are vital for the wellbeing, food security, and protection of coastal communities worldwide.
  • Mangroves can play an important role in reducing vulnerability to natural hazards and increasing resilience to climate change impacts.
    • Mangroves act as a form of natural coastal defense: reducing erosion, attenuating waves (and tsunamis) and even reducing the height of storm surges.
    • Mangrove soils are highly effective carbon sinks, sequestering vast amounts of carbon over millennia.
    • If destroyed, degraded or lost these coastal ecosystems become sources of carbon dioxide. Much of this emitted carbon is thousands of years old and other processes in the ecosystem do not balance its rapid release into the oceans and atmosphere.


Securing the Future of Mangroves (pdf)

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