The UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and Environment Minister of State Thérèse Coffey marked World Mangrove Day by calling for greater protection for mangroves.
At a time when climate change is front and centre in the public’s mind, I have an amazing fact for you: mangroves – the little-known swamp forests found at the edge of tropical coastlines – can absorb up to four times more carbon than a traditional rainforest on land. It’s a truly extraordinary figure. Today, on International Day for the Conservation of Mangroves (26 July), I want us all to celebrate this under-appreciated ecosystem for what it truly is; a secret weapon in our fight against climate change.
In this news story, Defra and Minister Coffey also highlight their support of Blue Ventures’ Blue Forests programme and our community-led approach to mangroves conservation.
In 2016 I approved, through International Climate Finance, the establishment of the ‘Blue Forests’ initiative run by the UK organisation, Blue Ventures. The aim of the project is to reduce deforestation of mangrove habitat, create new sustainable livelihoods, support community health and women’s empowerment and increase climate resilience in coastal communities.
Blue Ventures is working on the island of Madagascar to protect and restore some of the world’s largest blue forests and help people make sustainable lifestyles through improved fisheries management.
Read the full news story from Defra: Protect mangroves and help tackle climate change
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