Mangroves - an ecosystem in the fight against climate change
Mangroves against the climate crisis! They are real masters of life, grow in salty water and under the scorching sun, protect the coasts from erosion, offer a diverse habitat for animals and people and, incidentally, they are also incredibly efficient at storing CO2. In a previous article we explained why we plant trees in the first place. Today we are talking about the stars of our reforestation project: the mangrove trees.
A small profile of the mangrove
The mangrove describes an entire ecosystem made up of the most diverse types of shrubs and trees. Mangrove forests line the world's tropical coasts, protecting the land from erosion by the rough sea. The people in the country also benefit from this, because the strong trees mean they are less endangered by tidal waves. Land and sea organisms share the habitat in the branched roots. For many sea creatures, the mangrove ecosystem is the nursery, where various fish and crab species spawn. Higher up, in the treetops, waterfowl, reptiles and mammals feel at home. Alongside tropical rainforest and coral reefs, mangrove forests are the most productive ecosystems on earth. Pretty impressive, we think.
Emission compensation through (mangrove) trees
Carbon sequestration and the associated compensation are not the reason why we reforest. The focus is on the regeneration of destroyed forests with the help of the local population. The task of Eden Projects is not based on the compensation of carbon by means of certificates, but on the preservation of the forests and the associated positive effects on people and the environment. Of course, the CO2 binding is a grandiose "side effect".
Facts please! That's what the mangroves do
So that you can get a better idea of how efficient these trees actually are, we would like to list a few facts relating to CO2 storage. One hectare of mangrove forest can absorb 123,312 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere per year. One hectare is a bit larger than a standard soccer field and one tonne of CO2 is equivalent to the emissions of a car driving alone from Hamburg to Lisbon and back again. The stable trees are simply incredibly efficient, almost a little underestimated CO2 sinks. In total, the world's forests store around 20 billion tons of CO2 per year and that in an area that is not even 1% of the area of the rainforest.
We have already achieved this with afforestation
We at the nu company support the Eden Reforestation Project , a network for the reforestation of the destroyed mangrove forest in Madagascar. With your support we have already planted over 10 million trees. If that doesn't encourage you!
With every product we invest in reforestation. So if you don't just want to have a delicious snack, but also want to do something good, be sure to visit our shop .
Unfortunately, we also have to face criticism from outside time and again. Planting trees is nothing more than greenwashing. You can read why this is not the case and how we can track that we really plant a seedling per product in our blog article " Plantingtrees - just a marketing strategy? The biggest allegations ".
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