Goal and objectives

Working field on mangrove carbon
measurement at Kubu Raya Indonesia.
Photo by Daniel Murdiyarso/CIFOR

The overall goal of the program is to provide policymakers with credible scientific information needed in order to make sound decisions relating to the role of tropical wetlands in climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies.

Our goals and objectives respond to a variety of national and international interests. Much of what is proposed here is in direct feedback to requests from international climate change policy bodies that has arisen from SWAMP findings to date.

Our objectives outlined below naturally evolved from extensive consultation processes with stakeholders at various levels:

  • To quantify GHG emissions arising from both intact and degraded wetlands undergoing different trajectories of land cover change
  • To quantify the carbon stocks of the representative tropical wetlands of the world – (peat swamp forests and mangroves of Asia, Africa and Latin America–South America, Central America, and the Caribbean)
  • To develop ecosystem C-dynamics modeling tools suitable for tropical wetlands to support policy relevant analyses. Scale-up measurements to landscape, province, or country scales with remotely-sensed based, spatially explicit land use cover change
  • To quantify and define roles of tropical wetland ecosystems in climate change adaptation and develop potential scenarios for their inclusion in climate change adaptive strategies
  • To build the capacity of policy community through dialogues and briefings and of the scientific community through research and technical transfer activities. The outreach activities are user-friendly and adaptable in various user-environments.