22.07.2019 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

Message on the occasion of the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem

Message from Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem, 26 July 2019

Mangroves are versatile ecosystems, located in tropical estuaries, providing habitats to numerous amphibious and marine species, serving essential functions to surrounding human communities, and preserving the environment and biodiversity.

They contribute to the stability of coastlines, protecting coral reefs, and preventing erosion from waves and storms. Their complex root systems trap sediments, slow water flow, and store coastal blue carbon from the atmosphere and ocean, mitigating the effects of climate change and extreme weather events. These intricate and vital ecological sites present fitting conditions to promote and pursue education for climate and biodiversity action, in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

UNESCO is actively engaged in the conservation of mangroves, while also advancing sustainable development in the communities that depend on them.




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