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Mangrove Restoration Crucial to Environmental Goals

Insight China June 11, 2023

By NewsChina Updated Sept.1

China has undertaken concerted efforts to revive mangrove forests, a tropical and subtropical species, able to submerge and emerge amid the ebb and flow of tidal waters. As one of a few amphibious plants capable of living in both fresh and sea waters, mangroves offer many ecological services, like reducing water pollution by absorbing or dispersing heavy metals and nitrogen or phosphorus released in aquaculture. Mangroves can also fix and store a significant amount of carbons to form blue carbon, a process critical to China’s carbon neutrality goals. In Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, mangroves can sequester 760 tons of carbons annually, registering an ecological economy valued at 1.19 billion yuan (US$170m). Because of their great benefits to environmental protection and ecological conservation, it is important and imperative to protect and restore mangrove forests both at home and abroad.