THE REFORESTATION, CONSERVATION & PRESERVATION OF MANGROVES
Sustainable Development Goals
THE REFORESTATION, CONSERVATION
& PRESERVATION OF MANGROVES
A world without mangroves
Would mean less fish and marine life, more coastal erosion. Without mangroves, many people would suffer from barren shores, collapsed fisheries, polluted water, less protected communities from severe weather events, rise in sea level, and loss of many types of plants. Without mangroves, there are large amounts of carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere.
Before planting new mangroves, it is crucial to learn the reasons behind the degradation or disappearance of the mangrove. If the cause is related to pollution or over-harvesting, then it is possible to restore mangroves naturally. Mangrove forests grow in tropical and subtropical ranges near the equator. That is because they cannot endure cold temperatures.
Benefits of mangroves
Mangroves capture four times more carbon than rainforests can. Mangrove’s benefits vary from stabilizing the coastline to providing shelter to sea animals. Mangroves act as storm barriers against climate-related hazards; on top of that, it attracts fish and other organisms seeking food to provide breeding and nursery grounds to various plant and animal species. Communities also benefit from mangrove forests. Mangroves deliver ample nutritious food, filter pollutants, and trap debris from the land. Poor populations can significantly get readily available sources such as small-scale food producers.