The Mangrove Working Group brings together experts on remote sensing of mangroves to support the conservation and restoration of mangroves worldwide. By providing better information more quickly we aim to support decision making and policy. The group has its origins in a collaboration that formed around the Global Mangrove Watch, a project under the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Kyoto and Carbon Initiative. The community is open to any experts wanting to join and contribute and actively tries to identify and make use of synergies between existing and future mangrove remote sensing projects going on worldwide. These synergies can range from exchanging ground-truth data to joint fundraising activities. The group is currently coordinated by Wetlands International and is currently in the phase of reaching out to the broader remote sensing and wetlands community for participation.

Within the GEO work programme for 2017 – 2019 there are links to the Global Forest Observation Initiative and the Global Mangrove Monitoring GEO Community Activity.

Current Work

Examples of current work carried out by working group participants:

  1. Global Mangrove Watch: a revision of the global baseline for mangrove extent in 2015, coordinated by Aberystwyth University.
  2. Mangrove Watch Africa: Compile and make available information and knowledge about the functions, values and threats to African mangroves as a basis for improved coastal zone management, coordinated by Wetlands International.
Mangrove extent and change, based on RGB timeseries composite (1997/2007/2010) of JERS/ALOS/ALOS2 data. Guayacil, Ecuador


For more information please contact Lammert Hilarides