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Mangroves in 2022

Reflecting on progress and looking to the future

Mangrove forests have been a bright spot in a tumultuous year. More than ever before, mangroves have been recognized as incredible facilitators of health and prosperity for people, climate, and wildlife around the world. From sharing the latest science on mangrove coverage globally, to winning incredible awards, to launching the biggest and most ambitious plan to unite and finance for mangrove conservation ever, we know more than ever before and the Global Mangrove Alliance is doing more than ever before to halt loss, restore half, and double protection of these vital ecosystems. Thank you to everyone involved in our Alliance and everyone who has been supporting us along the way. We look forward to what’s to come in 2023!

Here are our biggest mangrove successes in 2022:

The Mangrove Breakthrough was announced in partnership with the UNFCCC Climate Champions at the UN Climate Conference (COP27) in November. This Breakthrough seeks to unify mangrove ambition globally by bringing together signatories around the goals of the Global Mangrove Alliance and raising $4 billion to secure the future of 15 million hectares of mangroves by 2030.

The State of the Worlds Mangroves 2022 used the latest update from the Global Mangrove Watch to report that mangrove loss is slowing down, opening opportunity to focus on restoring lost mangrove forest and expanding and improving protection of what remains.

Our Global Mangrove Alliance National Chapters are launching and uniting mangrove work at the national and local levels in Mexico, Belize, the Philippines, Colombia, and Ecuador, with more on the way.

The Global Mangrove Alliance won the $2 million 2022 Food Planet Prize which will go towards supporting our vision and goals related to the livelihoods and food sources of mangrove-adjacent coastal communities.

Our members and partners have kept pushing forward on mangrove protection and restoration around the world as well, as highlighted six times a year in our newsletters and on our social media channels and website.

We can’t wait to share more about our upcoming tools and resources, including the release of our Mangrove Restoration Tracker Tool, and sharing outcomes of conferences and events such as the Mangroves, Macrobenthos, and Management (MMM6) conference in Cartagena, Colombia in July 2023.

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© Emma Barnes / WWF-US