Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation and Mitigation Program (SWAMP) Fact Sheet
The Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation and Mitigation Program (SWAMP) is a U.S.-funded effort to protect and rebuild carbon-rich mangroves and peat swamps by giving policymakers critical information about the strong role these ecosystems can play in climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. This joint effort by the Center for International Forestry Research and the USDA Forest Service, with support from USAID, is working in 25 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
The carbon stocks in these ecosystems are among the highest of any forest and their destruction results in large emissions of greenhouse gasses. Deforestation of mangroves and peat swamps in tropical areas is also leaving communities more vulnerable to storm surges and leading to the loss of wildlife, fish, and biodiversity. SWAMP seeks to provide critical information on the value of these ecosystems and to increase awareness of the tremendous potential role they can play in climate change strategies.
Communication about the climate value of mangroves and tropical peat swamps is a central focus, including publishing results in journals; informing IPCC Guidelines on wetlands; sharing results in the 2014 IUFRO World Congress; international presentations; and carbon assessment training for 250 people from 30 agencies.