July 26 is International Mangrove Day. Why, you may wonder, do mangroves get their own special day? Because they are a truly unique and sadly endangered form of ecosystem.

Mangroves face many threats around the world. Tourism developments, conversion for coastal aquaculture, drifting urban pollution, and oil spills are all threats to mangroves around the world, with the greatest losses being felt in the Asia Pacific region and Central America, including El Salvador, as you will see in the video below.

Climate change also poses significant problems for mangrove forests as rising sea levels threaten to wash away these low-lying, coastal forests.

Not only are mangroves home to a massive diversity of wildlife, but in many cases whole communities work and live from the fruit of these forests.