Mangrove ecosystems are SO important for climate, biodiversity environmental, &
economic health! These forests are a natural infrastructure that protects
coastlines from erosion and impacts of extreme weather events. They are also
considered a natural nursery for spawning events and young marine animals to
grow in a secure area. They are also considered an important environmental filter
by absorbing pollutants from the water and improving water quality.
Mangrove root structures (seen here) connect land, freshwater, and the ocean
together and are essential to combating climate change and the loss of
Fact and sketch contributed by Karli Chudeau
Source: Kathiresan, K., 2012. Importance of mangrove ecosystem. International Journal of Marine Science, 2(10).