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Featuring images from the Marine Photobank, these Photo of the Week stories highlight ocean issues as well as the ability of visual media to promote ocean conservation. Would you like see one of your images as a Photo of the Week? Please become a contributing member of the Marine Photobank and let your photos work on behalf of the ocean.

Restoring Mangrove Forests

Mangrove Action Project/Marine Photobank
Mangrove Action Project/Marine Photobank

Located in intertidal areas between the ocean and land in tropical and subtropical regions, mangrove forests are some of the most biologically important ecosystems in the world. In addition to providing habitats for a great variety of species and food, medicine and other resources for humans, mangroves also reduce the impacts on shorelines from devastating natural disasters such as hurricanes and tsunamis. However, researchers warn in a recent study that during the past three decades, destruction of mangrove forests has increased significantly due to clear-cutting and land-use changes associated with agriculture, aquaculture and coastal development. In the mangrove reserve seen here in Jaring Halus Village in North Sumatra, Indonesia, members of the local community have worked in partnership with nongovernmental organizations to regrow mangroves and conserve these valuable ecosystems.

Read more:
Giri, C. et al. 2010. Status and distribution of mangrove forests of the world using earth observation satellite data. Global Ecology and Biogeography.