Coastal wetlands, such as mangroves, saltmarshes and seagrasses, are Australia’s forgotten coastal habitats. However, these habitats provide many benefits to humans including supporting coastal fisheries, protecting our coastlines, storing carbon (aka Blue Carbon) and providing areas for tourism and recreational activities.
These benefits are vital not only for our health and wellbeing, but are also critical for the long-term resilience and survival of our planet. However, managers, planners and economists often struggle to include the social, cultural and economic value derived from nature into economic decision-making, and hence, the true value of nature’s enormous wealth is often left unaccounted or undervalued.
In Australia, Mapping Ocean Wealth has quantified and mapped the value ($) of services provided by Australian coastal wetlands.
The Australian Mapping Ocean Wealth report was published on Nov 25th, 2019. It represents three years of marine ecosystem service research, spatial mapping and communication for coastal wetlands in south-eastern Australia by several of Australia’s leading marine science and conservation institutions.
Results are also available via the Mapping Ocean Wealth portal developed by The Nature Conservancy. This tool provides access to the all maps created by the Deakin team.
Go to the MOWportal > ‘Data Layers’ (left menu) > Regional Datasets > Australia> and select from a range of maps related to Coastal protection, Blue Carbon, Recreation, and Coastal Ecosystems. All maps can be saved and exported (click on the tool icon underneath the zoom option).
Uncovering the value of Australia’s coastal wetlands (Media release)
Other publications related to #OzMOW are currently under review or in press. Once they are published they will be included here.
Paul Carnell, Daniel Ierodiaconou, Holger Jänes, Jaya Kelvin, Peter Macreadie, Alejandro Navarro, Emily Nicholson, Mary Young (Deakin University); Simon Reeves, Chris Gillies, James Fitzsimons (The Nature Conservancy).
The Mapping Ocean Wealth project is funded and supported by The Nature Conservancy, Deakin University, The Thomas Foundation, HSBC Australia, The Ian Potter Foundation, Government of Victoria, NSW Government and an ARC Linkage Project from the Australian Research Council.