Protecting and Restoring Mangroves in the Face of Demand for Valuable Coastal Land
Mangroves are critically important in the fight against climate change. These coastal forests not only store large amounts of carbon, but also protect coastlines from storms, maintain biodiversity and support local livelihoods. However, increased demand for tourism infrastructure, large-scale shrimp farming and other commercial activity along coasts are quickly destroying the fragile environments that house mangroves. How can mangrove conservation and restoration become a widespread reality in coastal areas that are faced with ever increasing pressures for further development? The best way to ensure mangrove protection and restoration is to identify financial incentives for communities so they become a part of the solution without sacrificing their livelihoods.