The Global Mangrove Alliance is a commitment from the international community to reverse the loss of critically important mangrove habitats worldwide.

Its founding members, Conservation International, International Union for Conservation of Nature, The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund, will build upon the diverse skills and networks each organization brings to amplify existing efforts and drive increased attention to the critical role of mangroves in coastal systems. In addition to its founding members, the GMA relies upon the support and engagement of key stakeholders and partners. Wetlands International will serve a critical role as a GMA member in coordinating major activities, along with Blue Ventures and Rare.

The Global Mangrove Alliance is a unique platform to bring together technical experts, civil society organizations, governments, local communities, businesses, funding agencies and foundations to accelerate a comprehensive, coordinated, global approach to mangrove conservation and restoration at a scale that matters. The Alliance brings an extensive portfolio of mangrove work to the table, creating a strong baseline from which to scale up mangrove conservation and restoration efforts.


The target of the Alliance is to increase the global area of mangrove habitat 20% over current extent by the year 2030. This target underpins and helps deliver an ambitious set of objectives, including:

  • Climate Adaptation: Increase coastal communities’ resilience to the impacts of climate and ocean change through $10 billion of total investments. These investments will improve the effectiveness of mangrove ecosystem-based adaptation measures and ecosys
    Laurens Takati collecting mud crabs from the mangrove area around his village.  Photo credit: © James Morgan/WWF-US

    tem-based approaches to disaster risk reduction being implemented globally.

  • Climate Mitigation:  Eliminate all mangrove-associated anthropogenic GHG emissions through the comprehensive protection, sustainable use and restoration of mangroves.
  • Sustain Biodiversity: Ensure the long-term continuity of mangrove-associated biodiversity by halting human-induced mangrove habitat loss and helping local stakeholders to sustainably manage mangrove resources.
  • Food Security and Human Well-Being: Improve the well-being of an additional 10 million people dependent on coastal ecosystems, including the most vulnerable communities, through restoration and conservation of mangrove


There are many ways to bring mangrove conservation to scale. The Global Mangrove Alliance will use its collective strengths and partnerships to address the barriers to large-scale mangrove conservation and restoration through In route to visit mangroves on Lembongan Island. Approximately 30 miles from Bali. Mangrove forests are “fish factories” that support fishing jobs and food security. The Conservancy is ramping up their efforts to strengthen the resilience of coastal cseveral streams of work, including:

  1. Financing
  2. Improving Policy
  3. Building Capacity
  4. Proof of Concept
  5. Knowledge Sharing