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Importance of Mangrove Forests

recent global headlines underscore the important role

that mangroves play in our daily lives.

Research and studies have place mangroves among

the most important ecosystems on our planet.

They make up a transitional zone between land and sea

anchoring shorelines while buffering coastal ecosystems against hurricanes and tsunamis.

Mangroves protect coral reefs from sedimentation,

sequester massive amounts of carbon to combat climate change,

adapt to rising sea levels,

serve as nurseries and a vital food source for marine life

while providing critical habitat for endangered species.

Mangroves also provide invaluable green economy services for humans.

The future of mangroves very much depends on us

and in fact our future is co-dependent

on the survival of these critical habitats.