Rising Tides, Rooted Solutions

Priya Ranganathan

Mongabay | February 2, 2024

Mangroves have multiple ecosystem services including carbon sequestration, flood mitigation, protection against wind and waves, fisheries and habitat for biodiversity. However, India’s coastal cities have lost large swathes of mangrove cover, leaving them vulnerable to sea level rise, flood events, storm surges and cyclones. Maintaining existing stands is equally important as replanting mangroves in other locations, as mature forests offer better coastal protection than do young mangrove forests.