One of the World’s Most Important Ecosystems


From combating climate change to protecting fisheries and coastlines around the world, mangroves are one of the world’s most vital and interconnected environments – their impact reaching far beyond where the land meets the sea.

"The Roots of the Sea"


Although once thought of as useless wastelands, careful study and research has revealed that mangroves are among the most important ecosystems on this planet. Valued for anchoring coastal ecosystems as well as providing economic and ecosystem services to humans, mangrove forests are true treasures. The complexities of these systems are enormous, and there is still much to learn. Mangrove forests are highly interconnected within the ecosystem itself, but they also make up a transitional zone between land and ocean, connecting and supporting both. It is no surprise that mangroves are called “roots of the sea.”

Services


More carbon sequestration per hectare than any other forest

More carbon sequestration per hectare than any other forest

Mangroves do more proportionally than any other forest to sequester carbon – up to 5x more per hectare than tropical rainforests. This makes mangrove forests – and their restoration – one of the planet’s best and most important defenses against climate change.

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Providing resources for current and future generations

Mangroves serve as vital protective and spawning grounds to tropical fisheries worldwide, help mitigate the effects and causes of climate change, and protect coastlines – all vital for sustaining an ever-increasing global population.

Protecting coastlines, people, and property

Protecting coastlines, people, and property

The coastlines of the world are where most people live. Mangroves provide enormous protection to tropical coasts from both storms and tsunamis. The more mangroves there are, the better these coasts – and their populations – are protected, and property saved.


Services

Services

What mangroves do for local communities - and the world at large
Ecology

Ecology

Mangrove forest ecology - flora and fauna
Issues

Issues

Problems facing mangrove forests globally
Resources

Resources

Access to our library of mangrove resources