Mangrove Education Project - Website Bac

PROTECT OUR MANGROVES.

To keep what we have and to restore what we lost.

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WILDLIFE

The Impact on

EVENTS

Enabling students, teachers, parents and their communities in the understanding and monitoring of  the wonderful world of mangroves in the Cayman Islands. Collection of data and observation of the impact of human activities on Cayman’s mangroves. Establishing a conservation ethic to protect and enhance mangrove ecosystems.

DISCOVER

Join us to discover the beauty and importance of mangrove ecosystems.

OVERVIEW

Mangrove forests are one of the most valuable coastal ecosystems on the planet offering many natural services that protects humanity’s best interest. However, these ecosystems are depleting rapidly thus contributing to ecological degrade and civilization collapse due to climate change. 

 

Since 1970, we have lost 3,900 acres of pristine mangrove forests in the Cayman Islands - primarily in the West Bay peninsular. With only 1,500 acres of mangroves left in the peninsular and with the 8500 acres of the Central Mangroves under serious threat, we have decided enough is enough and stepped up to protect this irreplaceable ecosystem.

 

We are the Cayman Islands Mangrove Rangers, a team of passionate Caymanians utlizing our diverse skills to protect Cayman mangroves.

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West Bay Peninsular mid-70s

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West Bay Peninsular mid-70s
West Bay Peninsular mid-70s

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Problems Faced

"At least 70% of mangroves have already been lost on the western side of Grand Cayman representing about 3,844 acres since 1976"

Martin Keeley

Executive Ranger

What Are We Doing About It..

Join Our

Movement

Interact with your community and show your support by helping to conserve one of our most endangered habitats in the Cayman Islands 

WHY IT MATTERS
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Fish Swarm

Jobs

Mangroves are often thought to be swampy wastelands, characterised as shrubs growing in brackish waters. Research, analysis and countless studies have recently shown that mangrove forests not only prove a greater importance to our environment, but to our everyday lives. 

In order to protect the mangroves of the Cayman Islands a group of locals sourced together a programme to tackle the threats faced by these habitats. The Mangrove Rangers execute many operations to ensure sustainable developments in and around these ecosystems.

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Introducing:

Junior Rangers

We are looking to recruit Junior Rangers between the ages of 11 and 18, who will work closely with the Mangrove Rangers to learn all about Cayman’s Marvellous Mangroves.

 

Exploring the mangrove ecosystem here in the Cayman Islands, you will get to experience and learn about the close interrelationship mangroves hold with the coastal lagoons of seagrass and reefs. 

 

This will include some some exciting field trips to places like the Central Mangrove Wetlands – the heart of Grand
Cayman.

Our Goals:

1. Establish an organisation that monitors the ecological health of the mangrove ecosystems in the Cayman Islands.

2. Collect data on the human impacts on mangrove ecosystems in the Cayman Islands through observation and collection of data and report the results to the Department of Environment.

3. Educate the communities in the Cayman islands in understanding the true value of mangrove ecosystems and their importance to the Cayman islands.

Given the biodiversity that mangroves harbour, they prove to provide to people as well as the environment. With adjoining ecosystems such as coral reefs or even sandy beaches, mangrove forests are shown to have many  socioeconomic benefits such as tourism & fishing. Many countries are starting to exploit these benefits by realising the proximal relation between mangroves and local fish stocks. Along with increased biodiversity, snorkelling services around mangroves and nearby reefs are provided by local communities, where others may be educated  promoting jobs opportunities. as well as  food,

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Exploited sustainably, mangroves may be used for umber for building residences and boats and fuel-wood for cooking and warming. By being impervious to rot and fungi decay, they can act as a material that would be perfect for construction in developing communities, often found near wetlands and damp environments. 

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Subaquatic Life

Nursery Grounds

Many marine species can be found, during their early life stages, living in mangroves, using towering roots as refuge from predators and a source of food. With low competition, species such as shrimp, grouper, and many other fish are able to grow and develop before venturing into adjoining reefs or the open ocean where they complete the rest of their life cycles. Mangroves are highly dynamic and diverse with life, homing animals from migratory birds to Amazonian manatees. From this, mangroves act as a crucial source in replenishing the ocean's fish stocks, allowing industries to carry out sustainable fishing without depleting future populations.

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