The Impact of Climate Change on Mangrove Ecosystems in South Asia
Mangrove wetlands like grasslands, hot and cold deserts, tropical forests, temperate forests, and coral reefs, etc, require conservation under the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Mangroves-dominated ecosystems are threatened by climate change. Therefore, ’Impact of Climate Change on Mangrove Ecosystems in South Asia’ examined how climatic and hydrological variables such as temperature, precipitation, CO2, and regional fresh water flows in the area will affect sustainability of Mangroves forests.
A three day Inception workshop was organized by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Pakistan and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature from 16-18 January, 2012 at the Global Towers in Colombo 6.
The Agenda built up dialogue on Selection of appropriate study sites and their characterization by each country through literature review, expert opinion, enabling the development of conceptual framework describing drivers, pressures, responses, trends and impacts on mangroves ecosystem
Day two dealt with Vulnerability Assessment of Mangrove ecosystem due to climate change leading to Mangrove Ecosystem Analysis on the third day. SDPI invited the MFF Coordinator, Project Manager and National Coordinators/contact person of the Mangroves for the Future (MFF) initiative in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to the workshop to share their knowledge and expertise in the area. The project will be implemented in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka as a research project funded by APN.