Mangroves are biodiversity hotspots. They provide nutrient-rich habitats for (juvenile) fish, birds, reptiles, monkeys and many other species. 80% of global fish catches are directly or indirectly dependent on mangroves, making them vital to our global food systems.
Together towards an equator full of mangroves
We protect and restore mangroves by combining ecological restoration and local community involvement. We look at system scale drivers of mangrove loss, including socio-economic, hydrological, morphological and sediment system dynamics. This results in a system specific engineering solution. To ensure our projects have long-term impact, we work closely with local stakeholders, such as NGOs, authorities and communities. Together, we design and establish community programmes that tackle the drivers of mangrove loss and provide opportunities to enhance community wellbeing and create sustainable livelihoods.
By establishing fruitful collaborations and an interdisciplinary approach, we protect and restore mangroves at scale, pursuing our dream of an equator full of mangroves!
The value of mangrove ecosystems
Mangroves form a strong barrier between land and sea. The roots prevent erosion and break down wave energy, which reduces flood risk and loss of land. Mangroves limit the intrusion of salt water, protecting nearby agricultural lands from salinisation.
Mangroves have a higher carbon density than terrestrial ecosystems, storing up to 4 times more carbon than mature forests. Most carbon is stored in the flooded soil. Acting as a large carbon sink - capturing GHG emissions - mangroves are essential in climate change mitigation strategies.