Articles Tagged: Climate Change

Mangrove restoration and protection is a win-win investment for wildlife and the climate

Mangroves can store three to four times more carbon on an area basis than most terrestrial forests. Not only that, mangroves store soil carbon for centuries to millennia. In Gabon, a true Eden of Africa, Gabon’s ocean waters and its pristine forests make up one of the most spectacular and environmentally intact coastlines in the world. It is also one where mangroves abound.

What is a T-FENCE and how does it protect mangroves?

Case study: creativity in the face of adversity can make a difference. Faced with recurring coastal erosion, the town of Leganes in the Philippines decided to try the practice of ‘T-fence’. The T-fence was installed along the the coastline bordering the Katunggan Mangrove Ecopark in 2015 and 2016, and is designed to trap sediments, which create a strong and secure base for newly planted mangrove saplings.

Could Brazil be on verge of one of world’s biggest conservation agreements?

The Brazilian Cerrado is a biodiverse mixed ecosystem. It is almost three times bigger than Texas, but half of its natural habitat has been lost as it is converted to croplands and cattle pasture, and especially soy plantations. A Cerrado accord breakthrough could be at hand, conserving Brazil’s biodiverse savanna, and setting a new conservation precedent protecting its mosaic of ecosystems.

Project 195: Building a global movement in support of natural climate solutions

We would love to have all 195 signatory countries of the Paris Climate Agreement on board with natural climate solutions. How do you build a movement in support of natural climate solutions beyond the climate bubble and highlight that natural climate solutions are in danger of becoming the “Forgotten Solution” to climate change? One way was to enlist the help of 195 handpicked global ambassadors to highlight the importance of nature as a response to climate change.

Where communities and crabs work for Mangroves

If there is a last line of defense against climate change, it may well lie in the mangrove trees that cling to coastlines throughout the tropics. Locked in the mud of these unique tidal forests is thousands of years’ worth of accumulated carbon. Clear the mangroves — as humanity has been doing ever faster in recent years — and that carbon is slowly released into the atmosphere, where it accelerates global warming.