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Mangroves: A Star Player in the Coastal Protection Game

An extensive blue-water mangrove is lined by red mangrove prop roots, Rhizophora mangle, reaching into the water at high tide. Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean. © Ethan Daniels
An idyllic tropical island sits amidst a seagrass bed on Turneffe Atoll, Belize, Caribbean, Atlantic Ocean. © Ethan Daniels
  • Mangroves annually avert more than $1 billion USD in damages to residential and industrial stock. Without mangroves, the cost of damages to residential and industrial property would increase by 28%.
  • Based on the Philippines’s current population, the mangroves lost between 1950 and 2010 have resulted in increases in flooding to more than 267,000 people every year. Restoring these mangroves would bring more than $450 USD million per year in flood protection benefits.
  • Without mangroves, flooding and damages to people, property and infrastructure would increase annually by approximately 25%.
  • Currently, mangroves protect 613,000 people from flooding, of whom 23% live in poverty.
A freediver swims through crystal clear water near a limestone island in Raja Ampat. © Ethan Daniels
An extensive blue-water mangrove is lined by red mangrove prop roots, Rhizophora mangle, reaching into the water at high tide. Mangroves serve as important nurseries for reef fishes. Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean. © Ethan Daniels

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Mark Tercek

Former CEO of The Nature Conservancy CEO. “Nature’s Fortune” author. Family man, yogi, ice climber, vegan.