Investment Analysis for Mangrove Ecosystems in the Ayeyarwady Region
Mangroves provide essential ecosystem functions and services that support coastal communities. Despite their importance, they have been degraded and removed globally resulting in loss of resilience of coastlines, their communities, and economies. Myanmar in particular has suffered from high levels of mangrove loss and has the highest current rate of mangrove loss among mangrove holding nations. The role of mangroves in protecting coastlines and communities from storms and flooding, regulating carbon and nutrient cycles, and supporting fisheries has been well established. Yet, the effects of deforestation have resulted in lowering the capacity of mangrove forests to effectively act as a buffer against waves and storm surges.