Mangrove restoration

view along a sandy beach with water and mangroves on left Photo: IUCN / James Oliver
Mangroves are critical coastal ecosystems that impact our lives. They nourish biodiversity as nursery grounds for many coastal and marine species and support fisheries. They buffer coastal communities against extreme weather events such as hurricanes, stabilise coastlines and slow or reduce soil erosion. Despite these benefits, half of the world’s mangroves (about 32 million hectares) have already been cleared or destroyed – and those that remain are under threat. Could restoration be a solution?

A short look at Mangroves against the storm


IUCN and The Nature Conservancy are producing a global map with cutting edge analysis on the potential for, and challenges to, mangrove restoration. The map aims to stimulate commitment among decision-makers and investors for mangrove ecosystem restoration on a landscape scale.

Building from the World of Opportunities map, which demonstrates that 2 billion hectares of deforested and degraded lands worldwide have the potential for forest landscape restoration, this new map will add an assessment of restoration potential as it relates to climate change adaptation and mitigation – including priority areas for mangrove restoration.

Follow the links on the right of this page to learn about the benefits (ecosystems services) that mangroves provide – as well as links to a wide array of mangrove resources and initiatives. Stay current with the stories below which highlight mangrove work from IUCN members and partners around the world.

News Stories

Mangroves: nurseries for the world's seafood supply



Mangroves make great conservation allies



Gender equity is key to mangrove restoration



Mapping Global Mangrove Restoration Potential



Mangroves – surviving in ‘the harsh space between the tides”


What are mangroves worth? There's no easy answer



Can restoring mangroves help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals?



Mass mangrove restoration: Driven by good intentions but offering limited results



Mangrove restoration: Offering 2-for-1 solutions to climate change



Mangroves: Green coastal guardians



This project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag. 



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