Mangrove ecosystems in Siargao as vital carbon sinks to mitigate climate change impacts

Mangrove forests are vital ecosystems that are abundant along the coastlines of Siargao Island Protected Landscape and Seascape (SIPLAS) in the Philippines. Aside from their canopies and ground cover serving as habitat for diverse flora and fauna species, mangrove forests are also major contributors to climate change mitigation. They serve as carbon sinks, absorbing tons of carbon dioxide from the air and storing it in their branches, roots, and sediment. The SIPLAS Community Mobilization Officer for USAID’s Sustainable Interventions for Biodiversity, Oceans, and Landscapes (SIBOL) project visited a mangrove area in San Benito to conduct an initial assessment of its status post-Super Typhoon Odette. USAID continues to work with local government units and environmental offices in SIPLAS to promote the protection and rehabilitation of these coastal habitats.

Protecting Mangrove Ecosystems in Siargao

Photographer Blue Motus
Copyright © 2023 Blue Motus for USAID

Country Philippines
Topics Natural Climate Solutions, Biodiversity Conservation

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