Wetlands – including peatlands, mangroves, swamps and seagrass – store more carbon than any other tropical forest. CIFOR-ICRAF is a leader in putting these little-known ecosystems on the global policy map.
Wetlands, including peatlands, mangroves, swamps and seagrass, are home to 60% of the world’s population as well as endangered species like the Sumatran tiger and the orangutan. They provide food, medicine, timber, protect biodiversity and store more carbon than tropical forests.
Peatlands: Landscapes that matter
Peatlands play a critical role in climate change mitigation and adaptation, but the carbon storage potential of undisturbed peatlands is widely underappreciated. Research is needed to better map and quantify the world’s peatlands, and understand their diverse values across landscapes, including for local communities. This will support more effective efforts toward conservation and restoration of peatlands, and global action on climate change.
Nature’s carbon storehouse
Mangroves are unique, yet widespread communities of salt-tolerant trees and shrubs that grow in shallow and brackish ocean water in tropical and subtropical climates. They are adapted to oxygen-poor tidal zones, taking sustenance from the sea and fresh water from the land.