International Days and Observations
World Mangroves Day
International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem is observed every year on July 26 to raise awareness of the importance of mangrove ecosystems as a unique, special and vulnerable ecosystem. Mangroves contribute to the wellbeing, food security, and protection of coastal communities worldwide, and we need to promote solutions for their sustainable management, conservation and uses.
On 6 November 2015, at its 38th session of the General Conference in Paris, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially declared 26 July of each year, in response to the request of Ecuador, as the International Day of the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem, through the resolution 38C/66. Officially, this day is the "International Day for the Conservation of Mangrove Ecosystems."
The objective of the day is to raise awareness of the importance of mangrove ecosystems as a unique, special, and vulnerable ecosystem, and to promote solutions for their sustainable management, conservation and uses.
Mangroves are disappearing three to five times faster than overall global forest losses. Mangrove forests have been reduced by half in the last 40 years. The extent of mangroves in the world has decreased by 5,245.24 kmē between 1996 and 2020.
It is estimated that more than three quarters of mangroves in the world are now threatened.
An estimated 75 percent of commercially caught fish spend some time in the mangroves or depend on food webs that can be traced back to mangroves.
726 tonnes of carbon are offset by one hectare of mangroves
Mangroves ecosystems are affected by unsustainable coastal development and infrastructure; poor farm and water management upstream; irresponsible fishing and aquaculture; and climate change.