This paper introduces Mangrove Capital; a programme conceived by Wetlands International and partner organisations, that aims to bring the values of mangroves to the fore and provide the knowledge and tools necessary for the improved management of mangrove forests.
The project will enable governments, private sector organisations and local communities in Indonesia to manage mangroves, so that they play a more significant role in protecting vulnerable coasts and supporting the local economy. Building on cutting edge research on mangrove values and services, Mangrove Capital will support the development of improved coastal management policies and will influence existing mangrove initiatives. Furthermore it will catalyse some new large scale pilot projects, developing and testing innovative options to use mangroves as key components in coastal defense and aquaculture developments. Insights and experiences will be communicated in other regions.