As part of this years Mangrove Action Day we are raising awareness of the connections people have with mangrove forests by creating a global photography exhibition. We invite you to send us your best photos for a chance to be part of a special exhibition that will help spread the importance of mangroves. Scroll down to get inspired by mangroves themes and find out other ways in which you can get involved!
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As an important ecosystem linking land and sea, coastal protection becomes a function of mangrove forests, serving as a natural barrier against tropical storms, and tsunamis. Mangroves also stabilize coastal soils preventing erosion, and help to purify runoff from the landwater.
Mangroves are fish factories for the 210 million people who live near them and depend on them for food. 70-80% of all tropical fish and crustaceans spend their lives in mangrove swamps as juveniles which helps to feed not just humans but many other animals. Mangrove forests form the basis of a food chain, where the fallen leaves provide coastal waters with much of their productivity.
Mangrove forests provide homes and shelter for both diverse marine life and terrestrial fauna and flora including some iconic but endangered species such as the Bengal tiger, manatees, the proboscis monkey and fishing cats. Mangroves are represented on all continents with tropical and subtropical coasts.
Mangroves are one of the most productive ecosystems providing food, medicines, tannins, fuel wood, charcoal and construction materials for local communities – sometimes for hundreds of years. For visitors, mangroves are becoming a popular eco-tourism destination with boat tours, boardwalks and kayak trips.
Mangrove forests are vital for healthy coastal ecosystems which means it’s essential for the health of our whole planet. Mangroves purify the air we breathe can help mitigate climate change by storing huge amounts of carbon in the soil, and in most cases more than inland rainforests.Support MAP