World Atlas of Mangroves
Publication announcement

This atlas provides the first truly global assessment of the state of the world's mangroves. Written by Dr. Mark Spalding, a leading expert on mangroves with support from more than 100 top international mangrove researchers and organizations, this full colour atlas contains 60 full-page maps showing locations of all the world's mangroves, hundreds of photographs and illustrations and comprehensive country-by-country assessments of mangroves.  The detailed maps and new mangrove area statistics are derived from recent satellite imagery, comprising, the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of these important ecosystems.

Mangroves are considered both ecologically and from a human perspective. Initial chapters provide a global view, with information on distribution, biogeography, productivity and wider ecology, as well as on human uses, economic values, threats, and approaches for mangrove management. These themes are revisited throughout the regional chapters, where the maps provide a spatial context or starting point for further exploration. The book also presents a wealth of statistics on biodiversity, habitat area, loss and economic value which provide a unique record of mangroves against which future threats and changes can be evaluated.  Case-studies, written by regional experts provide insights into regional mangrove issues, including ecology, primary and potential productivity, biodiversity, sustainable management and information on present and traditional uses and values.

The World Atlas of Mangroves is the result of a project implemented since 2005 as a joint initiative of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), the International Society of Mangrove Ecosystems (ISME), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), UNESCO-Man and Biosphere (UNESCO-MAB), UNU-Institute for Water Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC).  Major funding was provided by ITTO through a Japanese Government project grant and the project was implemented by ISME.

The English version of the atlas is published in July 2010 from Earthscan. Spanish and French versions of the Atlas are being prepared.

319 pages, 8-1/2 x 11", over 200 photographs, 50 line illustrations, 129 maps (65 full-page). Hard cover. ISBN:978-1-84407-657-4.

For further information on the English version of the atlas, please contact ISME at, or visit Earthscan at (20% discount code:AF20).

Mangrove Ecosystems
Mangrove and People
Mapping Mangroves

Regional Chapters (maps and country assessments)
Eastern and Southern Africa
The Middle East
South Asia
East Asia
Australia and New Zealand
Pacific Islands
North and Central America and The Caribbean
South America
West and Central Africa
Annex 1: Species Ranges and line drawings
Annex 2: National Species lists
Annex 3: National Statistics including mangrove areas by country


Dr Mark Spalding is Senior Marine Scientist at the Conservation Strategies Division of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and is based at the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK.
Dr Mami Kainuma is the Project Coordinator and a Senior Researcher for the International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems (ISME), Japan.
Lorna Collins has worked as a research associate for TNC and holds a Masters degree in Marine Biology from the University of Plymouth, UK.

'The importance of mangroves is well-known, but never has there been such a comprehensive review of these critical ecosystems. This book should change the way we view, and manage, mangroves for the benefit of coastal peoples and biodiversity world-wide.'
Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

'I am pleased that ITTO, ISME, and the other members of this excellent partnership have produced such a magnificent reference book. The World Atlas of Mangroves details an incredible variety of useful information that will be of considerable value to forest researchers, practitioners, and students to learn more about mangrove ecosystems.'
Professor Don K. Lee, President, International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)

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