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UNESCO chief: about 75% of mangroves are in danger.

According to the director of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), more than 75% of mangroves are threatened, and the world cannot afford to lose distinctive ecosystems.

In a statement on the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem, Audrey Azoulay stated that “mangroves are in danger: it is estimated that more than three-quarters of mangroves in the world are now threatened and with them all the exquisite balances that depend on them.”

Since 2015, July 26 has been designated as Mangrove Ecosystem Awareness Day with the goal of educating people about the value of these “unique, exceptional, and threatened ecosystems.”

She said that because mangrove ecosystems act as carbon sinks, the world cannot afford to lose them in the fight against climate change.

According to UN data, a hectare of mangrove forest has the capacity to store 3,754 tons of carbon, which is the same as removing more than 2,650 cars from the road for a year.

According to Azoulay, UNESCO will start new mangrove restoration initiatives in Latin America. “This is why UNESCO is moving to safeguard them, along with other valuable blue carbon ecosystems, through its geoparks, world heritage sites, and biosphere reserves,” she added.

She also emphasized the importance of raising public awareness on a worldwide scale and protecting and restoring mangrove ecosystems, both of which could be accomplished by “educating and alerting the people.”

Mangroves are viewed as an essential part of marine ecosystems because they develop along tropical coastlines and in saltwater settings where land meets the sea. They act as nidiaries for many aquatic animals, including fish species that are significant for commerce.

As it is known that mangroves lessened the effects of the Southeast Asian tsunami in 2004, mangroves also lessen the effects of storms and control coastal erosion.

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