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MangroveWatch Cairns Chapter

Join us! Mangrove Watch Cairns Chapter 

What is MangroveWatch? 

If a mangrove falls into the sea, and nobody is watching, does anybody care? The question is what if someone was watching?! MangroveWatch is a citizen-science partnership between communities, scientists and resource-managers to document changes in local mangrove habitats and inform better management of estuaries (see: www.mangrovewatch.org.au). Information about the health of shoreline ecosystems is urgently needed to inform better mangrove management and help protect North Queensland’s estuaries and tidal wetlands from unintended development pressures coupled with the impacts of global climate change.

Mangroves are indicators of environmental impact and the health of waterways: by collecting baseline data on the health of mangroves in the Cairns Region we can monitor the ecosystem over time. The MangroveWatch program is designed to be run by members of the community, who actively collect the data via. video shoreline assessment, as well as visual assessment. MangroveWatchers record mangrove habitat condition by filming mangrove shorelines using the Shoreline Video Assessment Method (S-VAM). The S-VAM imagery is a geotagged visual record of shoreline habitat condition that can be directly compared over time. Using the S-VAM data, the JCU MangroveWatch partners map mangrove condition and identify hot-spots of change and priorities for on-ground investment in rehabilitation and management. All MangroveWatch imagery will be uploaded to TropWater JCU’s ‘ShoreView’ platform that will allow anyone to drop down, take a cruise along an estuary and check out the mangroves (like Google street view, but for estuaries).

There are 12 established MangroveWatch citizen science groups across Australia, including the one in Moreton Bay. Developed by TropWater at JCU Townsville these community groups are recording long-term data by conducting assessments in estuaries annually or bi-annually. 

Check out the news from the launch in 2017:

Scientists asking for help to monitor mangrove health

Scientists are enlisting the help of Far North residents to monitor the region's mangrove forests.They want to get a better picture of the shrub's health after discovering one of the worst diebacks on record.www.7News.com.au#7News

Posted by 7 News Cairns on Tuesday, 31 October 2017

How can I get involved?

We need #citizenscientists like you to help us power this project! Sign up below for email updates and we’ll be in touch with updates, training opportunities and more! For general inquiries contact Bess Murphy, Community Engagement Coordinator on community@cafnec.org.au or 07 4032 1746

This project is currently funded thanks to #CitizenScience Grants by the partnership between the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. It is also proudly supported by the Queensland Government—Queensland Citizen Science Grants. To establish the project the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC) have previously received funding from the Queensland Government via their Engaging Science grants, Cairns Local Marine Advisory Committee (LMAC) and Cairns Regional Council. 








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