Efficient Carbon Sequesters
Mangroves can store more carbon than terrestrial forests - the same patch of mangroves can sequester up to 10 times the carbon of a similarly sized patch of terrestrial forest.
Cost-effective Solution for Climate Change
Mangroves are efficient carbon sequesters, they are less expensive to grow and have a higher survival rate. So with the resources we have, we are more likely to to combat climate change long term.
Source of Livelihood for Coastal Communities
Mangrove roots provide habitats for fish and shellfish, which are then harvested by coastal communities to both consume and sell.
Mangroves prevent millions of dollars in damage from flooding and save hundreds of hours of labor to repair storm damage. In fact,a 2-metre-wide strip of mangroves along the shore can reduce wave height by 90%.
Habitat for Marine Life
Mangrove forests provide food and shelter for a myriad of land and aquatic animals. Juvenile animals spend their earlier stages of life in the mangroves before heading out in to the open ocean.
Why Are Mangroves Deforested?
Mangroves are often deforested and reclaimed to develop ports, harbours, roads, and more. As communities grow and develop, they require more amenities and hence land to provide products and services. As a result, large areas of mangroves are cleared, resulting in harmful side effects to the environment and the wildlife.
Thousands of acres of mangrove forest gets cleared away to make way for various forms of agriculture such as rice paddies and rubber trees. Consequently, the neighbouring water supplies get contaminated with the chemicals from the fertilisers, endangering the livelihood of the mangrove forests.