Don Macintosh


Department of Bioscience, University of Aarhus, Denmark, and Senior Adviser, Mangroves for the Future

Don Macintosh has 35 years of experiences working on mangrove ecosystem management and related coastal issues.  He has a B.Sc. in Zoology from the University   of Aberdeen (Scotland) and a Ph.D. in Mangrove Ecology from the University of Malaya (Malaysia).

After many years at the Institute of Aquaculture, Stirling University, from 1995 Don became Danida Professor in Environment and Development at the University of Aarhus in Denmark, where he was also Director of the Centre for Tropical Ecosystems Research (cenTER Aarhus).  In addition to teaching and research, he has also managed several large coastal management and capacity-building projects in Southeast Asia.  He was Senior Technical Adviser to the project “Support to the Marine Area Network in Viet Nam; a consultant to the World Bank/ Danida funded Coastal Wetlands Protection and Development Project in the Mekong Delta; and Danish Coordinator of an Integrated Coastal Zone Management programme at AIT in Thailand.

From 2007 to 2011, Don was Regional Coordinator of the Mangroves for the Future (MFF), an initiative that started as a post-tsunami response, involving India, Indonesia, Maldives, Seychelles Sri Lanka and Thailand; it now also includes Bangladesh, Cambodia, Pakistan and Viet Nam.  Don is currently Senior Advisor to MFF.  He has written a Code of Conduct for the World Bank on Sustainable Management of Mangrove Ecosystems ( and recently was senior editor of a Proceedings “Sharing Lessons on Mangrove Restoration” (…/MFF-Regional-Colloquium).