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Officials say Vietnam’s best bet may be to plant more mangrove trees (Credit: Harald Franzen/©GIZ)

Rising sea levels threaten key coastal areas like the Mekong Delta, which produces the majority of Vietnam’s rice. The only thing standing between the country and the ocean is a tree.

Mangroves are the climate superheroes of the arboreal world. They grow in swamps along the coasts: thin trunks and tangled, spidery roots submerged in dark, briny water. The roots filter saltwater and can expand eroded coastlines. They also create natural storm barriers and protect agricultural land from saltwater infiltration.

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By Erin Craig for BBC Travel.

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Mangroves For The Future

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To celebrate International Mangroves Day, Mangroves for the Future (MFF) has released a multimedia story showcasing its achievements and efforts across 11 countries towards achieving the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  The SDGs are part of the 2030 Agenda – a new global framework – to help eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development by 2030.


Mangroves for the Future: An elevated walking path through the mangrove forest of Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary

Image Source: MFF Cambodia/Steve Bernacki

Mangroves For The Future – Contributing to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals

Mangroves for the Future (MFF) is a partnership-based regional initiative which promotes investment in coastal ecosystem conservation for sustainable development. Co-chaired by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and UNDP, the programme focuses on the role that healthy, well-managed coastal ecosystems play in building the resilience of ecosystem-dependent coastal communities in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam.

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Mangroves Are Essential to Your Next Great Dive

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Mangroves in Florida Everglades

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Your dive daydreams probably include a beautiful coral reef, but next time you’re imagining your next scuba vacation, take a moment to consider the mangroves.

When you daydream about your next incredible diving vacation, you probably picture a vibrant coral reef. Bright rays of golden sunlight burst through crystal-clear waters to illuminate a world filled with non-stop life and color. You probably don’t think about the murky depths of mangrove forests, characterized by darkness and poor visibility. Divers rarely give these ecosystems a second thought, but mangroves are essential to your next great dive. By Charlie Wiseman, Reef-World Foundation.

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Malaysia establishes a 1-million-hectare marine park

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Photograph: Eric Madeja/WWF Malaysia

Malaysia has just established the biggest marine protected area (MPA) in the country. The Tun Mustapha park (TMP) occupies 1m hectares (2.47m acres) of seascape off the northern tip of Sabah province in Borneo, a region containing the second largest concentration of coral reefs in Malaysia as well as other important habitats like mangroves, sea grass beds and productive fishing grounds. By theguardian. Read more.

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