International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems

ISME is an international non-profit and non-governmental scientific society, established in August 1990. ISME Headquarters is in Okinawa, Japan. ISME took over various initiatives and followed the lead given by earlier UNDP/UNESCO Regional Mangrove projects. Among other items, the Statutes of ISME indicates that "the Society shall collect, evaluate and disseminate information on mangrove ecosystems" and "promote international cooperation."

Since its inauguration in 1990, ISME has been carrying out its activities at a global level in the following three pathways, these are, in brief:
a) application of knowledge to particular situations;
b) training and education; and
c) exchange of necessary information.

ISME's activities have been supported with collaboration and links by a number of other organizations, universities, research institutes and local communities.

Our Mission

Through international cooperation, the Society collects, evaluates and disseminates information on mangrove ecosystems for the conservation, rational management and sustainable utilization of mangroves.



Activities of ISME are:
  • To promote studies of mangrove ecosystems;
  • To promote collection, evaluation and dissemination of information on mangrove ecosystems
  • To promote research, training and activities for sustainable management, rational utilization, rehabilitation and conservation of mangrove ecosystems;
  • To develop materials to enhance public awareness of the social, economic and ecological importance of mangrove ecosystems;
  • To organize and co-sponsor conferences, seminars, symposia and meetings, giving lectures and courses, publishing both scientific and popular articles;
  • To support and implement research projects and programmes;
  • To promote consultation and collaboration with other organizations (public and private) having related purposes; and,
  • To carry out any other activities considered appropriate for objectives of the Society.
More details of ongoing projects are here.

Charter for Mangroves

The Executive Committee of ISME at its first meeting decided to draft a Charter for Mangroves that complements a World Charter for Nature of the United Nations. ISME's Charter for Mangroves was first drafted in 1991, and finalized in 1992. The importance of the Charter for Mangroves lies in setting forth principles for the utilisation of mangrove ecosystems, to be reflected in the laws and practices, at local, national and international levels.


The Executive Committee of ISME

The Executive Committee (EC) comprises the President, three Vice-Presidents, Treasurer and Executive Director. Members of the Executive Committee, except Executive Director, are elected by the members of ISME. The Executive Director is designated by the Executive Committee. In attendance are senior officers of the Secretariat.
ISME Executive Committee and staff

Current members of the Committee are :
President Prof. Sanit Aksornkoae (Thailand)
(Senator of Thailand, Former President of Thailand Environment Institute; Professor Emeritus of Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand)
Vice Presidents Ambassador Noboru Nakahira (Japan)
(Former Ambassador to Canada, Malaysia and UAE)
Vice Presidents Prof. Dr. François Blasco (France)
(Former Director of Laboratoire d'Ecologie Terrestre, France)
Vice Presidents Prof. Norman C. Duke (Australia)
(Centre for Marine Studies, James Cook University, Australia)
Treasurer Dr. Chan Hung Tuck (Malaysia)
(Former Division Director, Forest Research Institute Malaysia)
Executive Director Prof. Dr. Shigeyuki Baba (Japan)
(Professor Emeritus, University of the Ryukyus, Japan)

ISME General Assemblies

In the past, ISME held General Assemblies once in three years. According to the Revised Statutes 2011, ISME will hold future assemblies once in four years.

The following table shows the history of general assemblies and elected presidents of ISME:
General Assembly Date Venue President
First August 1990 Yokohama, Japan Dr. M. S. Swaminathan (India)
Second June 1993 Okinawa, Japan Prof. Sanga Sabhasri (Thailand)
Third August 1996 Hat Yai, Thailand Prof. Sanga Sabhasri
Dr. Marta Vannucci (Acting)
Fourth September 1990 Bali, Indonesia Prof. Aprilani Soegiarto (Indonesia)
Fifth August 2002 Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam Prof. Aprilani Soegiarto
Sixth August 2005 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Prof. Salif Diop (Senegal)
Seventh August 2008 Bangkok, Thailand Prof. Salif Diop
Eighth September 2011 Sabah, Malaysia Prof. Sanit Aksornkoae (Thailand)

ISME Brochure

The ISME's brochure is downloadable as a PDF file.

English Japanese

国際マングローブ生態系協会のパンフレット(英語版) 国際マングローブ生態系協会のパンフレット(日本語版)

ISME Secretariat

International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems
c/o Faculty of Agriculture, Univ. of the Ryukyus,
Senbaru 1, Nishihara, Okinawa 903-0129 Japan
TEL: (+81) 98-895-6601
FAX: (+81) 98-895-6602
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