Restoring Mexico’s Mangroves Can Shield Shores, Store Carbon

Women wade through a swamp to plant mangrove seedlings, near Progreso, Mexico, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. While world leaders seek ways to stop the climate crisis at a United Nations conference in Scotland, a few dozen fishermen and women villagers are working to save the planet's mangroves thousands of miles away on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

(AP) — On Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, efforts are underway to protect and restore mangrove forests, even as more are lost elsewhere. From 1980 to 2005, 20% to 35% of the world’s mangrove forests disappeared.

In the next decade, the rate of loss declined as governments and environmental groups worldwide spotlighted the problem, but destruction continued. In Mexico, as in much of the world, the largest threat to mangroves is development.

Tree-planters in Yucatan whose work is supported by academics and donations to environmental groups say they feel proud to be part of global efforts against climate change.



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