Mangrove Forest Cover Fading Fast - UNEP Global Environmental Alert Service (GEAS) - August 2013

United Nations Environment Programme (2013)

The uniquely adapted mangrove forests on the marine-terrestrial interface preserve coastline integrity by buffering wave energy from marine processes. The ecosystem services they provide and their support for coastal livelihoods worldwide are worth at least US $1.6 billion a year. Despite their global importance, mangroves are being lost rapidly and action is urgently needed to protect them.