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Belize forest protection of mangroves

Mangroves exist in a unique environment between land and sea, and for this reason, they provide great benefits to both people and nature, including protecting shorelines, dampening storm surge, preventing or slowing erosion, sequestering carbon, and providing habitat and nursery grounds for many species. In so doing, they provide good climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience benefits.

Mangroves, however, are continually threatened owed to increasing demand for coastal development. They are haphazardly cleared to the waterline and filled in to make way for homes and tourism developments. In so doing, we risk losing the vital goods and services mangroves provide.