30 Mar '14, 1pm

The world must invest in mangroves

The world must invest in mangroves

If you had a dollar to invest in carbon futures, my strongest advice of all would be to invest in preventing mangrove loss, or even restoration. My colleagues and I have worked out how much carbon there is in the world's mangrove forests , give or take a bit. And we mapped it. And here's why these findings are tremendously important. They quantify what some of us in marine conservation have been saying for a decade or more: that mangrove forests are among the most carbon rich habitats on the planet; and that, although they occupy just a fraction of the world's surface, they pack a punch. Anyone concerned about preserving nature's value - carbon sequestration and all the other benefits mangroves provide us - needs to think hard about this. Double the biomass of tropical forests overall Because on average, mangroves have double the living biomass of tropical forests overall....

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