Mangrove roots under the sea, a special spot in the Pelican Range
Mangroves are one of the most economically important features of Belize's marine ecosystem. Mangroves and reefs protect coastal properties from erosion and wave-induced damage, providing an estimated $0.8 billion in avoided damages per year. In addition to that, mangroves provide a physical habitat and nursery grounds for a wide variety of marine organisms, many of which have important recreational or commercial value. They also help mitigate the effects of climate change and extreme weather events.
Photograph by Martin Spragg
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