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The Importance of Mangroves to People

A Call to Action

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This publication provides a timely synthesis of the importance of mangroves to people. It highlights that in spite of the mounting evidence in support of the multitude of benefits derived from mangroves, they remain one of the most threatened ecosystems on the planet, being lost at a rate greater than coral reefs and tropical rain forests. This has potentially devastating effects to mangrove biodiversity and in turn, the food security, protection and livelihoods of some of the most marginalized coastal communities in developing countries, where more than 90 percent of the world’s mangroves are found.

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Options and actions

There are many management and protection measures and tools available for use at national, regional and global scales to help ensure a sustainable future for mangroves. Policy makers should consider the following key options and actions.

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