Goal and objectives

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

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

SWAMP goals and objectives respond to a variety of national and international interests and have evolved through extensive consultation processes with stakeholders at different levels. SWAMP key objectives include:

  • Generate and share new knowledge based on scientific research and analysis.
  • Develop ecosystem carbon dynamics modelling tools for tropical wetlands to improve evidence-based management practices.
  • Scale up measurements to landscape-, province-, or country-scales, incorporating remotely sensed spatially explicit land use/land cover data.
  • Quantify and define roles of tropical wetland ecosystems in climate change adaptation and mitigation, and develop potential scenarios for their inclusion in climate change strategies.
  • Build capacity and responsiveness of communities
    through dialogues.
  • Build scientific capacity through research and technical transfer activities related to carbon and GHG accounting, and ecosystem conservation and restoration.
  • Foster engagement and outreach activities, and develop products that are user-friendly and adaptable for various user-environments.