I lead our programme for the protection of coastal wetlands. Our current focus is to enhance coastal resilience by stimulating sound mangrove management. My personal drive is to link science, policy and practice to trigger change at a large scale, which fits very well with the mode of operation of Wetlands International.
Mangroves intrigue me because of the many services they offer to society: providing food, fish and wood as well as storing carbon and enhancing safety. Therefore, I believe mangroves are essential in the evolution to a truly sustainable world.