Entercom helps Conservation International with protecting Mangroves in key coastal areas.

Mangroves Can Keep People Safe

April 29, 2019

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Entercom has a long-standing commitment to sustainability and helping the environment w/ the 1Thing program to make the world a better place. A 1THING contribution that was made during Earth Month 2019 was helping Conservation International protect 400 acres of key coastal areas of Mangroves. Conservation International has a partnership w/ the Global Mangrove Alliance. The Alliance's strategy is to increase global Mangrove habitats by 20% by 2030.

Mangroves are tropical trees that grow in conditions most timber could not. They grow in the salty, coastal waters with relentless tides. Their ability to store large amounts of carbon make Mangrove forests key weapons against Climate Change. If the Mangroves disappeared, this would create a huge negative impact. Mangroves need to be protected to continue their mission of protecting the environment in which we all live on planet Earth. 

11 Mangrove Facts:

  1. Mangroves are the only species of trees in the world that can tolerate saltwater. 
  2. Mangroves come in different sizes with at least 50 - and maybe up to 110 species
  3. Mangroves are nursing environments for thousands of fish species from gobies to sharks
  4. Mangrove forests are found along saltwater coasts of 118 tropical & subtropical countries.
  5. The largest Mangrove forest coverage is in Indonesia.
  6. Florida Mangroves prefer the southern coast. There are black Mangroves being studied in Texas
  7. Mangroves are 10 times more efficient than terrestrial ecosystems at absorbing & storing carbon long term. This makes them a critical solution to fighting against Climate Change
  8. Mangroves forests can keep people safe. They are natural buffers against storm surges, which are increasing threats with the changing global climate w/ rising sea levels.
  9. Mangroves just about everywhere are under threat especially in areas that have a deforestation rate of four times the global average. 
  10. Mangroves are being cut down for Shrimping which has become a huge problem. Once the pens are removed the biowaste renders in the water and is too toxic for most forms of life. 
  11. Mangroves have a dense rootsystem that inhibits the flow of tides and helps w/ the deposition of nutrient-rich sediments. Once they are gone, it's difficult to replant them. Revitilization is important

Watch how the Mangroves impact are vital to our environment. Plus, find out more and how you can Stand Up for Mangroves here!