Macao’s Mangroves Project
Join us for an exploration of this local coastal treasure and uncover the unique world of mangroves!
Mangrove forests are one of the most valuable ecosystems on earth and an important natural coastal treasure.
They protect our coastlines from rising sea levels and extreme weather events, help mitigate climate change, improve coastal water quality, and host a wide variety of flora and fauna. Known in Chinese as 紅樹林 (red forest), mangroves are unique, living along intertidal and estuarine environments, where the land meets the sea.
Macao is home to a thriving mangrove forest that spans approximately 4km of the Taipa-Cotai coastline.
Through scientific display boards, photographs, films, and interactive tank models, this exhibition will showcase the local mangroves ecosystem that makes up an essential part of Macao’s natural environment. Moreover, mangroves artwork pieces from various local school students will also be on display. The exhibition, complemented by public talks and guided field visits to the local mangroves sites, aims to raise community awareness and curiosity, and encourage people to cherish this valuable habitat.
Opening Ceremony: September 1, 2020 from 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Opening Times: September 2 to 30, 2020
Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
開幕式 – 2020年9月1日，6 pm – 8:30 pm
開放時間：2020年9月2日至30日，周一至周五9:00 am – 9:00 pm 及周六10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Kent Wong Exhibition Gallery – University of Saint Joseph’s Ilha Verde Campus, Estrada Marginal da Ilha Verde, 14-17 |
Mangroves Fauna photographs by João Monteiro
This projects aims to investigate ways in which nature-based solutions (NBS) can be applied to enhance the water quality and availability of coastal waters in Macao, and take advantage of the ecosystems services that they provide. The application of NBS for water may also generate co-benefits in the city such as the reduction of water-related risks (e.g. flooding due to impact of storm surge), ecosystems rehabilitation and maintenance as well as enhancement and protection of biodiversity in the local coastal wetland ecosystems. To accomplish this, both scientific investigations and public awareness activities are being carried out.
1. To assess native wetland plant species that can be utilised for phytoremediation.
2. To investigate the efficiency of the selected wetland plants (mangroves, etc.) in the removal of water pollutants.
3. To promote nature-based solutions for water concept through information campaigns and activities.
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With the above-mentioned activities, the project expects to identify specific plants that can be recommended and utilised for a bigger scale nature-based solution for water program in Macao. Through the awareness campaigns, we also expect to translate the scientific part of the project into action, wherein the community will be more involved and proactive in the protection and conservation of the local wetlands (mangroves).