Mangroves are one of the most diverse trees on the planet with over 70 species of mangroves found in over 136 countries. Each mangrove species is uniquely suited to its environment, so if you plant a mangrove that is not adapted to its particular environment, it will not stand a chance of surviving. Mangrove trees are essential to climate action as they can capture and store an astonishing amount of carbon each year, which is why it is vital that we try to protect and plant them.
Mangroves are one of SKOOT's favourite trees but they are also under threat. One of the many special things about mangroves is the way they germinate. Mangrove seedlings germinate whilst they are still attached to the adult tree, so they are ready to take root when they fall. If the seedling drops when it's a low tide, it can quickly establish itself in the soft soil of tidal mudflats before the next tide comes in. This is where it gets interesting. Even when it's high tide the mangrove seedling will float and wait to take root once it finds solid ground! This is a great dispersal mechanism as they can travel by water to better conditions or even protect the coastline elsewhere.
Mangroves play an important role and help reduce land eroding as without the help of mangroves costs wouldn't stand a chance.
On our site in Kenya, our trees are made up of 90% mangroves, and a minimum of 10% is agroforestry. Our mangroves also help serve the local community in Kenya, creating job opportunities and protecting ecosystems.
Read even more about the Mangroves' astonishing carbon capturing capabilities.