Benefits/Uses of Mangroves
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Perhaps the most important role of mangroves is that they protect vulnerable coastlines from wave action because they hold the soil together and prevent coastal erosion. Mangroves shield inland areas during storms and minimize damage. For example, learning from the 2005 tsunami in Asia, there were no deaths in the areas which had mangrove forests, compared to those areas without, which suffered massive causalities.

Ecologically speaking, mangroves are exciting systems in their own right. Mangrove forests provide homes for several species of plants and animals. Migratory shorebirds and waders forage the mudflats for food. Birds like the cattle egrets and scarlet ibises establish large roosting and nesting sites in mangroves. Great-Horned Owls, Blood-Coloured Woodpeckers, Antshrikes, Mangrove Cuckoos and Rufous-Crab Hawks are all treats for any avid birdwatcher. Several species of fish, monkeys, and turtles find refuge there. The beaches along more mature undisturbed mangroves also serve as nesting sites for endangered sea turtles. The Leatherback and Green Turtles are most common of the five species found within Guyana . Mangroves are fish nurseries as they serve as a source of food for fish, shrimp and crabs that live in rivers and the shallow areas of the sea/ocean, and provide a safe haven for juvenile fish, shrimp and crab located on Guyana 's coastline. Mangroves therefore contribute significantly to Guyana's fishing industry and provide us with our fish resource. Mangroves break down pollutants and play a large role in carbon sequestration (the capturing and storing of carbon ). Did you know that just one hectare of mangroves is capable of neutralizing 17 metric tonnes of carbon per year?




A mature mangrove forest acts as a sediment trap, thereby assisting in the accretion of coastal sediments and further adding to the protection of low-lying inland areas. Usually land grows trees but in the case of mangrove forests trees grow land

Unsustainable use of mangroves:

  1. The Black Mangrove is used for fishing poles, charcoal, and in the production of honey, as the mango blossoms give the honey a unique flavour. Because the wood gives off an intense heat, it is especially prized for burning clay from which bricks are produced and used in road building.
  2. The Red Mangrove is also used for fuel wood but its most common and important use is in the leather industry as its bark is peeled and tannin is extracted, which is used as a dye. Presently, there are synthetic alternatives being used in countries such as Brazil , in order to preserve their mangroves which are an important part of their own sea defence. In Guyana , the Guyana Forestry Commission will develop a harvest management plan to ensure this species is conserved and used in a sustainable manner.
  3. The main use of the White Mangrove is for fishing poles, tool handles and as wood for fences. 
Bee Hives near Black  Mangroves

 Mangroves offer great tourism potential

Mangroves provide an excellent habit for crab

Mangrove Honey is golden yellow

Mangroves sticks being used in kitchen gardens.






Our Vision

To augment Guyana's sea defence by protecting, restoring and managing the natural coastline barrier provided by our mangrove forests.

Contact Information

Guyana Mangrove Restoration Project
National Agricultural Research Institute
Agriculture Road, Mon Repos East Coast Demerara
Phone (592) 220-2843
Fax (592) 220-4481/220-2843
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