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October 18, 2017

WILDCOAST and CONANP Conserve 19.4 Miles of Mangrove and Wetland Shoreline in Bahía Magdalena

Fay Crevoshay
Photo Claudio Contreras-Koob

On October 9th, 19.4 miles of mangroves and wetland shoreline were protected by WILDCOAST and Mexico's National Comission of Natural Protected Areas  (CONANP) through federal conservation concessions in Bahia Magdalena, the largest wetland on the Baja California peninsula.

Through this strategy, WILDCOAST and CONANP have conserved 325.5 miles of mangrove fringed coastline and over 3,700 acres of mangrove forests through federal conservation concessions in Bahia Magdalena.

As climate change has heightened concerns about the global decline of mangroves, a recent study found that such ecosystems along the desert coast of Baja California may be more important than previously thought for keeping heat-trapping carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

Researchers at UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography discovered that despite their short and stunted appearance, mangroves in these desert locations have surprisingly high rates of sequestering carbon underground. In some cases, the ability was several times greater than that of lush mangroves in tropical locations.