International Day For The Conservation Of The Mangrove Ecosystem 2023:
International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem is celebrated every year on July 26.
- International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem is celebrated every year on July 26.
- This International Day was adopted by the General Conference of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2015.
- Purpose is to raise awareness of the importance of mangrove ecosystems as “a unique, special and vulnerable ecosystem” and to promote solutions for their sustainable management, conservation and uses.
- Mangroves are unique coastal ecosystems found in tropical and subtropical regions around the world.
- They are characterized by dense, salt-tolerant trees and plants that thrive in the intertidal zones, where land and sea meet.
- They are typically found in sheltered coastal areas, estuaries, lagoons, and tidal flats, where they play a crucial role in maintaining the balance of the ecosystem.
- Some common species of mangrove trees include the Red Mangrove (Rhizophora spp.), Black Mangrove (Avicennia spp.), White Mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa), and the Buttonwood (Conocarpus erectus).
- They can survive extreme weather conditions and require low oxygen levels to survive.
- They cannot survive freezing temperatures and thus are found mainly in tropical and subtropical latitudes.
- Mangrove forests can store ten times more carbon per hectare than terrestrial forests.