Singapore is first in Southeast Asia to hold international conference on mangrove ecosystems

27 June, 2019

Photo: MMM5

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On 1st July 2019, Singapore will be hosting the 5th international Mangrove Macrobenthos and Management Meeting (MMM5). As the world’s largest and longest-running mangrove conference, the MMM, initiated in 2000, focuses on understanding, conservation, and sustainable use of mangrove ecosystems worldwide. Convened by mangrove scientists every 3-6 years, the MMM brings together researchers, practitioners and NGOs to present their research on mangroves, and aims to raise awareness about the plight of one of the most threatened ecosystems on Earth.

This year’s iteration is the first time this conference will be held in Southeast Asia, a region known for the biodiversity of its mangrove ecosystem and home to the largest area of mangrove forests in the world. The theme of MMM5 is ‘Mangroves and People’, which foregrounds the paradoxical position of people as the biggest beneficiaries of mangroves, while also their biggest threat.

Led by Associate Professor Daniel Friess and Dr Erik Yando from the NUS Department of Geography, MMM5 is also supported by colleagues in the NUS department of Biological Sciences, Ridge View Residential College, and the National Parks Board. The conference is being officially opened by Minister for Social and Family Development Mr Desmond Lee.

MMM5 will run from 1st to 5th July 2019. Find out more about the conference here.