The Magic Of Mangroves

A Creative Toolkit For Raising Ocean Awareness

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Mangroves are the world's most important trees

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.

The 7 main reasons why mangroves are so important……

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Mangroves = Fish
Mangroves provide an essential nursery for three-quarters of tropical fish.
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Mangroves = Climate Action
Mangroves are excellent at reducing carbon in the atmosphere — some are up to 10 times better than forests on land.
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Mangroves = Coral Reefs
Coral reefs need the fish that grow up in mangroves. Mangroves also provide a safe habitat for corals, protecting them from storms and heat waves due to climate change.
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Mangroves = Survival
Mangroves help animals such as the endangered Bengal tiger survive.
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Mangroves = Protection
There are numerous stories of mangroves being the difference between life and death for people living in coastal communities.
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Mangroves = Wealth
Mangroves have been valued at over $3.3 million per square kilometer per year to the economies of developing countries with mangroves.
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Mangroves = Mangroves
Mangroves are amazing at repopulating. Their seeds can float across the ocean. With a little help, mangroves can bounce back surprisingly quickly.
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Quotes worth sharing

Mangroves are rockstars in the fight against climate change.

// Leonardo DiCaprio — Actor & Environmentalist

Mangrove forests are an amazing climate action super solution.

// Antoinette Taus — Actress & UNEP Goodwill Ambassador

What have we gone and done to mangroves?

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.

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Who’s doing good and what good are they doing?

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).

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Get Creative for Mangroves

Help raise awareness about the magic of mangroves — create your own shareable designs or simply share ours.

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You don’t need to know much more about mangroves…

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…but we think you might like to.

Mangroves are the only trees that tolerate salt water.
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There are over 50 species of mangroves.
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Some mangroves grow up to 60 meters tall.
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