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.