Mangrove reforestation provides greater blue carbon benefit


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Mangroves emerge as pivotal players in the global effort to capture carbon, surpassing other comparable ecosystems such as seagrass meadows and dry forests in their CO2 absorption capabilities. Their unique ability to regenerate and restore quickly underscores their resilience and importance in the fight against climate change.

Mangroves, characterized by their growth in saline or brackish water environments like estuaries and mudflats, possess intricate root systems that effectively trap sediment and organic matter. This feature enables them to amass substantial amounts of blue carbon over time. Carbon storage occurs within both the biomass of mangroves (including leaves, stems, and roots) and the soil surrounding their roots. The sheer magnitude of carbon stored within mangrove ecosystems can be staggering, with estimates reaching up to 1,000 metric tons per hectare.Mangroves possess a distinctive root system that enables them to effectively trap and retain sediment. This system comprises both above-ground and below-ground roots, forming a dense mat. By stabilizing the sediment and averting erosion, mangroves safeguard the carbon stored within it. Their proficiency in capturing blue carbon holds significant implications for mitigating climate change. The carbon sequestered within mangrove ecosystems can remain locked away for extended periods, ranging from hundreds to thousands of years. This characteristic renders mangroves invaluable in the fight against climate change, resiliently reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.


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