In Mexico’s Baja, California peninsula, short scrubby mangroves growing in the coastal desert are smaller than mangroves in lush tropical environments. But underground, these mangrove ecosystems trap hundreds of years’ worth of partly decomposed roots. The peat store as much or more carbon as their tropical cousins.

Eduardo Nájera is with Wildcoast, a nonprofit working on coastal conservation.

Wildcoast’s goal is to protect up to 40 thousand acres of mangroves in Northwest Mexico. So far, the group has secured conservation permits for about eight thousand acres of land. To help finance the plan, Wildcoast hopes to sell carbon credits to companies around the world that are paying to offset their greenhouse gas emissions.

Nájera says protecting these carbon-rich ecosystems is one of the best and most cost-effective ways to keep carbon out of the atmosphere.                   

YaleClimateConnections, May 2019

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