17 Mar '17, 6am

Can restoring mangroves help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals? Certainly, and here's how:

Can restoring mangroves help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals? Certainly, and here's how:

In September 2015, 193 countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – a roadmap to alleviate global poverty, advance social and economic development and importantly, further the integrated management of natural systems. The importance of restoring and protecting mangroves is reflected most clearly in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 , which focuses on sustainably governing our oceans and coasts and recognises mangroves’ immense value to local communities. But restoring mangrove forests also supports the achievement of many other SDGs, including eliminating poverty and hunger (SDG 1 and SDG 2 ), ensuring livelihoods and economic growth (SDG 8 ), taking actions against climate change impacts (SDG 13 ) and halting biodiversity loss (SDG 15 ). Here’s why: 1. Mangrove forests are productive and species-rich hubs for marine life Restoring mangroves means re...

Full article: https://www.iucn.org/news/forests/201703/can-restoring-ma...

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