Articles Tagged: Mangrove month

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.

Where mangroves help build strong cities

More mangroves mean safer coastlines in times of duress and flooding. In Indonesia, which holds much of the world’s mangrove forest, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has teamed up with the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) to explicitly bring nature into the humanitarian cycle of preparedness, response and recovery. Using geospatial technology to help planners and decision-makers examine the potential role of mangroves in providing coastal protection, TNC can successfully integrate nature conservation and disaster management.

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.

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.

The power of the mighty mangrove: a magnificent tale of love and loss

This month, we are focusing on mangroves. Mangrove forests are not only evocative of tropical coastlines, slow-moving waters and brackish water where freshwater and salt water mix. They are indicators of resilience and strength. A new Mangrove Restoration Map shows that restoration of lost mangroves worldwide could lead to the storage of an extra 69 million tonnes of carbon in aboveground biomass.