With every order we plant a mangrove tree in Madagascar. The trees we plant with Eden Reforestation Projects support wildlife diversity, enhance coastlines, provide meaningful wages for indigenous people and help fight climate change by removing CO2 from the air.
Mangroves are unique ecosystems that cover a wide area in the tropics, occupying the intertidal areas of more than 120 countries. Mangroves, and coastal wetlands in general, are important worldwide for the many services they provide to people and the planet. These services include protection against storm surges, sheltering nurseries for fish and other marine life, providing building materials, firewood and providing critically important services for stabilizing the global climate as a major store of carbon.
Mangroves, an incredible carbon sink:
With the rapid increase in greenhouse gas emissions over the past century, the need for sustainable carbon sinks has increased. The latest models suggest that to stay within the "acceptable" global temperature rise, it is no longer enough just to reduce emissions and protect existing forests, but that we must rapidly increase the capacity to sequester carbon. Globally, mangrove systems are estimated to contain an astounding 20 petagrams of carbon. For a biome that accounts for less than 5% of the world's surface, this makes mangroves one of the most important carbon sinks, surpassing even many rainforests such as the Amazon. Likewise, as a relatively fast-growing group of species, mangroves sequester carbon at a very rapid rate.
Help support wildlife and diversity:
As forests are destroyed, animal species are losing their natural habitats, forcing them to move, limiting their chances of survival. Madagascar is one of the world's top conservation priorities, with more than 200 species of mammals, 100 species of lemurs, 300 species of birds and nearly 300 species of amphibians. About ninety percent of all wildlife in Madagascar is endemic. Our work with Eden protects these species in Madagascar by restoring their natural habitats.