Coastal Mangroves the Most Carbon Rich Forests on Earth

Mangroves in Bhitarkanika, Orissa
Bivash Pandav
The high-carbon storage suggests mangroves may play a significant  role in climate change management. India has rich mangrove habitats including the world's largest mangrove forests -- Sundarbans.

More carbon is said to be stored in Coastal Mangroves than any other forest ecosystem on Earth. The findings were published in Nature Geoscience and were the conclusions of a research team from the US Forest Service’s Southwest and Northern Research Stations, University of Helsinki and the Center for International Forestry Research. Per hectare, mangrove forests store four times more carbon than most tropical forests. The findings were based on their examination of 25 mangrove forests across the Indo Pacific region.

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