• Sharon Walker

Fascinating Facts About Mangrove Trees and Why They Are So Important


Mangrove trees are one of the best trees available out there in the world as of now. For example, they are in a position to accumulate and store a massive amount of carbon.


On the other hand, we will be able to use them to fight against climate change. We can see these tropical trees in coastal and salty waters all around the world.


If you can see them around you, you should make all efforts to ensure their protection. This will help you to ensure the future protection of the planet that we are living in.


While keeping that in mind, let's take a look at some of the most prominent facts about mangrove trees, which highlight their importance.





Mangroves can store more carbon than forests

As you already know, trees are capable of storing carbon. Carbon is never good for the planet that we live in because it can contribute to global warming.


Hence, we need to stop deforestation and make sure that we have sufficient trees to absorb carbon. However, mangroves are capable of storing more carbon when compared to the trees that we can find in forests.


Hence, we should pay special attention to protecting mangroves. Then we will be able to get them to store carbon as well as carbon dioxide effectively.


Along with that, we can reduce the negative impact created by carbon, such as global warming.



Mangroves can assist to fight against coral bleaching

Another great impact offered by mangrove trees is that they are quite effective in coral bleaching. Corals are essential for the protection of coastal lines.


Hence, it is important to make sure that we focus on coral bleaching. Mangroves will be able to help you with that.


Along with the help of mangrove trees, we can ensure that coral species are receiving shelter from extinction as well.


On top of that, mangroves will be able to play a major role in the reduction of ocean acidification as well.



Mangroves can assist to fight against climate change

Climate change is one of the biggest global challenges that we are facing as of now. If we can’t take any measures to slow down climate change, we will not be able to survive on this planet after few decades.


This is where mangrove trees can assist us. We will then be able to get their assistance to fight against climate change. In other words, mangrove trees will be able to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.


Therefore, we can reduce global warming and slow down climate change. Along with that, we can create a positive impact created on the planet that we are living in as well.



Mangrove trees can ensure biodiversity

When you deep dive and take a look at the mangrove trees, you will notice that they contain a large number of species. In other words, we will be able to call mangrove trees a biodiversity hotspot.


These trees are capable of providing breeding and nesting habitat for shellfish and many other living beings. Moreover, we can see sea turtles and migratory birds living in mangrove trees as well.


According to recent studies, it has been identified that around 80% of global fish harvesting relies on mangroves.


If we don’t take appropriate measures to ensure the protection of mangrove trees, we will not be able to protect diversity according to the way we wish.



Mangrove trees ensure the livelihood of many people

Thousands of people, especially the ones in rural communities are relying on mangrove trees to ensure their livelihood.


In fact, the natural environment created by mangrove trees delivers an ideal environment for the farmers to ensure their livelihood.


For example, the mangrove trees are helping them to harvest fish.



Mangrove trees ensure water quality

Along with the help of mangrove trees, we will be able to ensure water quality as well. The mangrove trees are having a dense network of roots.


These roots along with surrounding vegetation are in a position to trap sediments and filter water. On the other hand, mangrove trees can also filter heavy metals as well as other pollutants.


This would make sure that no sediments are taken downstream. Hence, we will be able to ensure the protection of seagrass beds and coral reefs.


On top of that, we will be able to ensure water quality effectively.



Mangrove trees ensure coastal defense

Coastal communities will be able to ensure their protection with the help of mangrove trees. That’s because mangrove trees are capable of stabilizing the shorelines.


Therefore, we can make sure that the mangrove trees are providing natural protection to the shorelines from damages caused by hurricanes, flooding, and storm surge.


Around 1/4th of the world population is living within a radius of 100km from the coast. Hence, it is important to ensure the stability of shorelines, so that these people can ensure the protection of their homes.


Mangrove trees will be able to help them with it. The mangrove trees can even indirectly support minimizing the rise of sea levels.



Mangrove trees are offering numerous natural resources

Along with the help of mangrove trees, we will get the opportunity to get our hands on numerous natural resources as well.


People who live in rural communities are getting the most out of mangrove trees that are available to them. For example, we can see how people are using mangrove wood for the construction of buildings.


On the other hand, they will be able to use mangrove trees for numerous medicinal purposes. One of the best qualities of mangrove trees is the biological materials that come along with them.



Final words

Now you have a clear understanding of the importance of mangrove trees. However, mangrove trees belong to only 0.4% of the forest content that we can see out there in the world.


It is important for us to protect these mangroves and make sure that we get their benefits to the planet that we are living in.