Most Asia-Pacific countries are rich in wetlands, including peatlands and mangroves. However, many of the region’s peatlands and mangroves are facing pressures from land conversion and climate change. Currently, SWAMP is working in 11 countries in the Asia-Pacific region: Bangladesh, Cambodia, the Federated States of Micronesia, Indonesia, India, the Republic of Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam. Successful projects will help participating countries reduce their forest carbon emissions, and maintain healthy or restore degraded mangroves and peat swamp forests so they continue to provide goods and services and support local communities.
The SWAMP team not only conducts research, but also facilitates science-based policy recommendations for host countries, and capacity building for governments, researchers and young scientists.