Mangroves certainly don’t get the interest and protection they deserve. That's why we've created this officially endorsed Ocean Decade Toolkit providing key facts, imagery and other tools needed to help create awareness and inspire action.
// Leonardo DiCaprio — Actor & Environmentalist
// Antoinette Taus — Actress & UNEP Goodwill Ambassador
Direct human impacts are responsible for over 60% of mangrove loss over the years — here are headline issues that everyone should be aware of.
We’ve chopped down mangroves to build houses and businesses.
We’ve killed mangroves through heat waves and sea level rise due to climate change.
We’ve chopped down mangroves to farm cheap shrimp.
We’ve chopped down mangroves for timber and charcoal for cooking.
We’ve killed mangroves through pollution.
Conservation groups such as those in the Global Mangrove Alliance have helped slow the rate of mangrove loss in recent years.
Conservation organisations such as the Mangrove Action Project have helped mangroves naturally repopulate large areas of forest.
Conservation groups and governments have replanted millions of mangroves (although getting it right is still a huge challenge).