Mangroves disappearing faster than land-based forests

A mangrove forest at the Danau Sentarum National Park in West Kalimantan on Indonesian Borneo island.

The destruction of the world’s mangrove forests is happening up to four times faster than the world’s land-based forests, according to a new United Nations report.

A study commissioned by the U.N. Environmental Program (UNEP) reports that one fifth (around 35,500 square kilometers) of the world’s mangroves — forests straddling both land and sea — have been lost since 1980.

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