June 11, 2020. Life / Nature’s Solutions to Climate Change
Cyril F. Kormos, Shyla Raghav, Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, Russell A. Mittermeier, Brendan Mackey, Wes Sechrest
Mangrove forests are vital coastal ecosystems. Many species of invertebrates, fish, amphibians, birds, reptiles, and mammals find shelter inside these forests. White-tailed deer, sea turtles, caimans, crocodiles, manatees, Bengal tigers, blue-billed curassow, and black clams are among some of the most endangered species found living within these coastal forests.
Millions of people depend on mangrove forests. Mangroves provide some of the world’s most vulnerable communities with critical sources of food security, fishery resources, and income, and act as a shield from natural disasters such as hurricanes and tsunamis. They reduce the impact of sea level rise by building up the coastline as they grow and protecting land from erosion.
The most important value of mangroves may be their role in addressing climate change. Mangrove forests remove up to four times more carbon from the atmosphere and ocean per hectare than terrestrial forests.
Halting ongoing mangrove loss and restoring mangrove forests globally provides a unique opportunity to simultaneously combat climate change while helping millions of people adapt to the impacts.
This is an excerpt from the CEMEX Nature Series Book “Nature’s Solutions to Climate Change” (2019)