Mangroves are tidal forests commonly found along sheltered coastlines in the tropics and subtropics that provide many essential “goods and services” to the marine environment, our global atmosphere and local communities.
Fast growing and incomparably capable of storing large amounts of carbon in their soils, mangrove forests thrive in salty waters where the root systems form a barrier against soil erosion and provide a haven for wildlife and livelihood opportunities.
The mangrove is capable of locking in and storing carbon dioxide at five times the rate of tropical rainforests. This carbon storing super-power makes them a critical part of the solution to climate change. Yet among the worlds move vegetation types, more than a fifth of the world’s mangroves have been lost over the last 30 years and many of the surviving mangrove forests in a degraded state.