Mangrove ecosystems can store large quantities of carbon that are used to determine their global value for programs such as REDD and REDD+. Bangladesh has 710 kilometers of coasts. The coastal zone covers 19 coastal districts in the Bay of Bengal. This includes Bangladesh’s Sundarbans, which is the world’s largest contiguous mangrove forest. Coastal mangrove afforestation initiatives have been in place since 1966 after a devastating cyclone took a massive toll on human lives and destroyed property. Bangladesh is a pioneer in protecting coastal areas from natural disasters and has also been active in promoting urban forestry. The ecosystem services mangrove provides are invaluable. Some of these services include stabilizing the soil, reducing erosion, protecting the shore from natural disasters, sequestering carbon to help with climate change mitigation and adaptation, and providing sustenance wildlife and humans.

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