MAP 2019
#MangrovesMatter
photography contest


For Mangrove Action Day 2019 we are raising awareness of the important connections people have with mangrove forests with our fifth annual global photography exhibition. Throughout the month of July, we asked for and received stunning photos from over 30 countries around the world that highlighted mangrove ecosystems and their important contributions to communities and the environment.

Enjoy the photos below!

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LIFE

LIFE

Mangrove forests are incredibly important ecosystems linking land and sea and essential for the health of our planet providing a multitude of goods and services. It's not just coastal people who benefit either as these unique forests help to mitigate climate change by keeping our oceans clean and storing huge amounts of carbon in their rich soils, purifying the air we breathe. Mangroves can sequester 3 – 5 times more carbon per hectare than tropical rainforests.
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FOOD
 

FOOD

Mangroves are among the world’s most productive fishing grounds, yielding vast numbers of fish, crabs, shrimps and molluscs. Nearly half the global population lives within 100km of the sea, and an estimated 210million people live near mangroves in tropical regions and depend on them for food. Healthy mangrove ecosystems mean healthy fisheries from which to fish, and healthy land on which to farm.

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WILDLIFE

WILDLIFE

Home to an incredible array of marine and terrestrial species, mangroves are biodiversity hotspots and serve as nurseries for many coral reef and commercially important fish species. Mangroves are prime nesting and migratory resting and feeding sites for hundreds of bird species. They also support iconic and endangered species such as the Bengal tiger, manatees, the proboscis monkey and fishing cats.

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LIVELIHOODS

LIVELIHOODS

Mangroves are one of the most productive ecosystems providing food, medicines, tannins, fuel wood, charcoal and construction materials for local communities. For visitors, mangroves great opportunities for wildlife viewing, bird watching and other recreational activities such as kayaking with good returns for the locals.

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PROTECTION
 

PROTECTION

Mangrove forests protect coastal communities from natural hazards such as tropical storms, tsunamis and coastal erosion. Mangroves absorb the energy of waves that pass through them and a 100m deep forest can reduce the destructive force of a storm surge by over 90%. Mangroves also keep groundwater fresh and protect agricultural lands behind from salination.

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