The frequency of disasters worldwide has more than doubled in just 35 years; and 90% of these disasters are water related. More and more, climate change is driving weather-related hazards such as flooding and hurricanes. This pattern is already having a significant impact on countries in the Caribbean; and it’s unlikely to get any better. The most we can do is to develop strategies to manage the impacts of climate change and reduce carbon emissions and this is where mangrove forests come into their own importance. Our mangrove forests play a role in mitigating, and adapting to the negative impacts of climate change.
Mangroves are significant in our defence against coastal erosion and flooding caused by sea level rise, storm surges, and extreme weather events including storms and hurricanes. In addition, they play a substantial role in the mitigation of climate change by absorbing and storing carbon in aboveground (woody parts) and below ground (soil) pools. They have the ability to accumulate high amounts of carbon and absorb and store four times more carbon than rainforests. The vast majority of the carbon storage in the mangrove ecosystems however, is typically found in the soil (between 78 to 99%) and as mangrove soils accrete with sea level rise, the carbon storage capacity is enhanced.
Join us on March 26th 2021 at 10 am, as Caribbean countries highlight what they are doing to conserve mangrove forests so that they can continue to help us fight against climate change.
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Meeting ID: 832 2827 0662