Coastal wetlands need help

Seagrass meadows, mangrove forests and saltmarshes support rich biodiversity, underpin human livelihoods and protect coastal communities. Unfortunately, the size and value of these important places are being lost. Over 50% of coastal wetlands are already gone and the rest are at risk from a range of serious threats.

Improving the effectiveness of wetland conservation

To inspire action and prioritise efforts to help wetlands we first need to measure their health. Various indices of ecosystem health have been used to date, but these have been specific to particular locations or taxa. There is no single, stable, accurate and efficient way to measure and track wetland health that works across different habitat types. This means we can’t create a global map of coastal wetland health to coordinate global investment and action.

Simply put, it means global wetland conservation isn’t as effective as possible.

Creating an index of wetland health

The Global Wetlands Project (GLOW) is a new coordinated scientific research effort to address this challenge. Our goal is to build a new index of coastal wetland health, which can be applied at the global scale, and use it to inform protection and restoration.

An international & interdisciplinary team working on three themes

The international, interdisciplinary team will draw on their strong background in ecology, resilience, connectivity, multiple stressors, planning and biodiversity to advance research under the three GLOW project themes:

  1. Measuring wetland health
  2. Improving conservation action
  3. Engaging authentically

Solving a global environmental issue

GLOW is an opportunity to help solve a major global environmental issue by:

  • contributing to scientific understanding and assessment methodologies
  • improving the accuracy and efficiency of global wetland health assessments
  • enabling targeted investment strategies for governments, non-government organisations, philanthropic networks and other conservation actors
  • helping humanity create healthier, more resilient, sustainable, and productive coastal environments for future generations