Mangroves are keystones of coastal ecosystems, protecting shorelines from erosion, providing habitat for fish and other marine life, and storing large amounts of carbon.
On the east coast of Africa, Kenya has lost half of its mangrove forests in the past 50 years to a combination of factors, including overexploitation by locals with limited livelihood options.
A variety of efforts to restore mangroves in and around the southern city of Mombasa, emphasize involving communities in regenerating these coastal forests while reducing pressure on them.
This video provides a brief, inspiring glimpse into these efforts.
Photo of mangrove forest in Kenya courtesy of UNEP.