To Save Coral Reefs, First Save the Mangroves

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“Le Cœur de Voh,” New Caledonia. Photo source: ©© Wikimedia.
“Le Cœur de Voh,” is a large formation of vegetation within the mangrove swamp, that resembles a heart seen from above.
A mangrove swamp is a semi-aquatic forest common to muddy tropical coastlines with fluctuating tides. At certain spots in the interior that are not reached by seawater except at high tides, vegetation gives way to bare, over salted stretches called «tannes,» such as this one near the town of Voh, where nature has carved this clearing in the form of a heart.”
World famous photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand contributed to Le Coeur de Voh’s popularity by using a photograph of the ‘heart’ as the cover to his book La Terre Vue du Ciel, Earth from Above, amongst other magnificent aerial photographs of the Earth, such as recently featured in Coastal Care.

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With coral reefs in decline and NOAA calling for a larger protected area for reefs in the Gulf of Mexico, U.S. Geological Survey scientists are pointing out another strategy to save reefs: First save the mangroves…

Read Full Article, National Geographic

Destruction of Mangroves Costs up to US$42 billion in Economic Damages Annually – UNEP Report (10-14-2014)
The world is losing its mangroves at a faster rate than global deforestation, the United Nations revealed, in a new report “Importance of Mangroves: A Call to Action,” adding that the destruction of the coastal habitats was costing billions in economic damages and impacting millions of lives…

The World Must Invest In Mangroves, The Ecologist (04-11-2014)

Mangrove Forests as Incredible Carbon Stores, The Nature Conservancy

Destruction of Mangroves Costs up to US$42 billion in Economic Damages Annually – UNEP Report (10-14-2014)
The world is losing its mangroves at a faster rate than global deforestation, the United Nations revealed, in a new report “Importance of Mangroves: A Call to Action,” adding that the destruction of the coastal habitats was costing billions in economic damages and impacting millions of lives…

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