Making a Difference with Mangroves

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Mangroves are among the many most efficient and sophisticated ecosystems on the planet, rising underneath environmental circumstances that may kill most common crops very quickly. 

Current stories have underscored the important role that mangroves play in our day by day lives, with research labeling mangroves as among the many most necessary ecosystems on our planet. These very important habitats make up a transitional zone between land and sea anchoring shorelines whereas buffering coastal ecosystems towards hurricanes and tsunamis.

Mangroves shield coral reefs from sedimentation, sequester large quantities of carbon to fight local weather change, adapt to rising sea ranges, function nurseries in an important meals supply for marine life whereas offering crucial habitat for endangered species. Mangroves additionally present invaluable inexperienced financial system providers for people. 

Sadly, these ecosystems are being misplaced at a price of as much as 2 football fields per hour! As divers, that is dangerous information. The excellent news? The way forward for mangroves very a lot will depend on us and it's inside our energy to preserve and restore these habitats. 

The excellent news is PADI Dive Facilities from Mexico to Indonesia are taking motion to revive these superb ecosystems. Right here’s two of them:

Takata Experience is a PADI Dive Middle and Marine Analysis Base within the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.

The staff excitedly share the progress of thier mangrove nursery and related analysis in collaboration with Julia Jadin on the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Click on here to learn the complete paper.

In addition to the ecological advantages of restoring mangroves, Takata’s Mangrove Conservation Challenge goals to supply employment and professional expertise to the group, specializing in School graduates from Mahahual (pictured under). On the correct, you possibly can see the extensive space coated by the Mahahual mangrove forest.

To study extra about Takata Expertise from thier Director and PADI AmbassaDiver, Cassiopea, and listen to about analysis internships and volunteering alternatives, click here.

On the opposite aspect of the planet, Ceningan Divers in Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia is an award-winning PADI Dive Middle additionally taking motion to revive their native mangroves.

Co-House owners Robert Scales and David McClinton clarify: 

“We began the mangrove nursery at our eco resort in 2018, and we develop roughly 600 propagules annually. Mixed with our collaboration with native companions, we plant further propagules within the mangrove round our dive resort. Our objectives with this venture are two fold: Mangroves play an necessary position in defending our coastlines and our reefs, having a nursery on website assists us with our schooling efforts. Secondly, this system assist us scale back our general carbon footprint, it's our aim to grow to be a carbon destructive operation inside this decade.”

Transporting mangrove seedlings to the planting website
Co-Proprietor David getting caught in
Extra planting!
Small crops quickly develop giant! Mangroves develop at unprecedented charges in comparison with different forest environments

Click here to enroll in Ceningan Diver’s free conservation workshop titled “Mangrove. The guardians of our shoreline” run by PADI Teacher Georgina Hayes. 

To remain related with ocean-saving alternatives, be a part of the PADI Torchbearer group at padi.com/onebillion.

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