5 ways that mangroves save our lives

 

Mangroves can live in salt water

Mangrove growing in salty sea water with a sunset background

Mangrove trees are the only species of tree in the world that can cope with salt water, for any other tree it would be too toxic. Mangroves are found growing along coastlines a space where not many trees can survive in order to make it home, they need to be salt water tolerant.

Mangroves are nature's storm barriers

Mangrove forest, a tangle of tree roots

Because they put down roots along coastlines, mangroves act as a natural storm barrier. They help prevent storm surges and lock in coastlines, preventing erosion.

Mangroves absorb more carbon pollution than any type of tree

Mangrove seedling demostrating the high generation of biomass of high NPP mangrove forests

Mangrove trees are one of the best trees for sequestering carbon dioxide, the infamous greenhouse gas warming the globe. Sadly over 100 million tons of carbon was released due to mangrove losses in south east asia (Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar).

Mangroves provide important habitat

Young fish hiding among mangrove roots, a nursery habitat.

Thousands of fish species rely on mangroves for habitat around the world. The roots of the mangrove trees provide important shelter for young fish, many of which will later migrate to coral reefs.

Healthy mangroves can also serve as productive fishing areas for sustainable production.

Mangroves are one of the most influential ecosystems

Bridge through a mangrove forest showing urban integration with nature

Mangroves create among the most important ecosystems in the world. Helping to stabilize the climate, secure coastlines prevent damage from storm surges and create vital habitat for various species.