The 5th international Mangrove Macrobenthos and Management meeting (MMM5) is bringing together researchers, practitioners and NGOs from across the world to present their research on mangrove forests. MMM5 is the first MMM to be held in Southeast Asia, the centre of biodiversity for the mangrove ecosystem and home to a larger area of mangrove forests than anywhere else in the world.
Population densities are increasing in the coastal zone, and mangroves are providing important benefits to hundreds of millions of people across the tropics. But people are also negatively impacting mangrove forests through deforestation, pollution, overharvesting and sea level rise.
MMM5 is a venue to try and reconcile the importance of mangroves to people, and the threats that people pose to mangroves, through the following themes:
- Impacts of people on mangrove structure and function
- Mangrove loss and deforestation
- Mangrove degradation (e.g., pollution, overharvesting)
- Impacts of climate change
- Mangrove genetics and connectivity
- Importance of macrobenthos and other fauna
- Ecosystem services of mangroves
- Blue carbon and climate change mitigation
- Mangrove management
- Mangrove rehabilitation