Side Event: African Mangrove Forum

This event will synthesize the current state of the information about the extent and conditions of mangrove resources in Africa, challenges facing them, and information for their effective restoration and management. Work in the ensuing years has seen a vast improvement in the depth of information on mangrove resources in Africa; thereby providing the basis for considering the reporting of carbon gains and losses associated with national reporting.

However, integration of mangroves and other blue carbon ecosystems into national inventories is still constrained procedurally and by institutional capacity. Forest management in Africa has tended to focus on terrestrial forestry leaving out mangroves; despite their high carbon stocks. Mangrove restoration is a major consideration within the continent, with challenges incorporating international guidance within the diverse African socioeconomic and cultural landscape.