Friday, June 18, 2010

Community Spirit - NOT Mekhong!

We were invited by the Vichit District Governor of Cape Panwa to help in the replanting of mangrove trees near to Cape Panwa.  This was clearly something that would help to preserve our environment so we participated.

But why are mangroves so important?

The mangrove tree plays a vital part in the ecosystem of the planet. The mangrove's bacteria break down the detritus and fallen leaves releasing nutrients for the marine animals - that is why there is always a 'rotten egg smell' in a mangrove forest.

The dense root systems also provide homes for marine life that will shelter there whilst they mature. Also the forests are home to a number of birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals.

The mangrove forests are essential and should be protected.

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