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Mangroves

  

Last month SCB planted 2500 mangrove trees in Can Gio Biosphere Reserve and now it is time to tell you why mangroves are so important.

Mangroves live life on the edge. With one foot on land and one in the sea, these botanical amphibians occupy a zone of desiccating heat, choking mud, and salt levels that would kill an ordinary plant within hours. Yet the forests mangroves form are among the most productive and biologically complex ecosystems on Earth. Between the Earth and the sea, mangroves protect the coasts and act as nurseries for ocean life. 90% of fish rely on this ecosystem’s incredible richness, especially for their reproduction. Over 2 000 species of fish, crustaceans and vegetables thrive there and this is of great benefit to fishermen. In 2004, the Indonesian villages least affected by the tsunami were sheltered by mangroves. Despite this, these mangrove forests have been massively destroyed in South East Asia – Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines and Latin American Countries…

Between 1980 and 2005, tropical regions lost 20% of their mangrove surface area to make room for agriculture and aquaculture. This was a miscalculation in sustainable development terms since.

In 2006 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) published a report where it stated that these ecosystems are worth between 135 000 and 600 000 euros per year and per km2.

In Thailand PATT does mangrove restoration in Bang Pu where we bring our partners, schools and EcoKids. This is a fun packed activity because you are standing ankle deep in warm mud and you use your legs to dig the holes.

If you are interested in mangrove restoration/tree planting please contact us: info@archive.pattfoundation.org