Mangroves are some of the most important habitats on the planet. These biologically rich ecosystems play a fundamental role in bolstering livelihoods, supporting biodiversity and are extremely powerful carbon traps – storing up to six times more carbon than an equivalent area of the Amazon rainforest.
But they are under threat. Overexploited for timber, charcoal and unrestricted fishing, they are the fastest disappearing forests on earth, at a rate of 1-2% per year. Over the past century, mangrove areas worldwide have declined by an estimated 30 to 50%.
To prevent this, we have been working with coastal communities around the world to help them protect and effectively manage their use of these ‘blue forests’.
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