By Sumaiya Harunany. If there are no mangrove forests, then the sea will have no meaning. It is like having a tree with no roots, for the mangroves are the roots of the sea 🌊
Mangroves are highly valuable ecosystems providing an array of essential goods and services which contribute significantly to the livelihoods, well-being and security of coastal communities.
They provide ideal breeding grounds for much of the world's fish, shrimp, crabs, and other shellfish.
Mangrove forests provide habitat for thousands of species at all levels of marine and forest food webs
Their complex root systems filter nitrates and phosphates that rivers and streams carry to the sea, making them very essential to maintain the water quality for us.
They are a blue carbon ecosystem that sequester large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere (4-6 times more than the mature tropical forests, that is the size of amazon) making them a very vital tool to fight climate change .
Mangroves protect coral reefs but also provide vast biodiversity contributing to the marine ecosystem from which considerable tourism is derived.
Mangroves also defend coastal communities against sea level rise and increasingly intense and frequent storms, floods and hurricanes.
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