Scientific name

Avicennia marina

Locally known as


IUCN status

Not evaluated.


Of all the species in nature, the mangrove is among the most fascinating and beneficial to humanity. This hardy tree acts as a natural windbreak, protecting us against tidal surges and purifying the surrounding water. It is also highly effective in storing Carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, thus contributing to the fight against climate change. Mangroves also provide a safe, sheltered home for hundreds of bird and marine species, which aids biodiversity and helps to increase fish stocks.

Key threats

Climate change, building development and dredging.

Where they're found today

Mangrove forests are found in the warm waters of tropical oceans in regions across the world.

Abu Dhabi’s efforts

Abu Dhabi’s coastal areas are richly lined with mangrove forests. There are already an estimated 70 square km of mangrove forest across the Emirate. The Mangrove National Park has more than 19 square km of forest. Found within the city of Abu Dhabi, this park is a dense, luxuriant concentration of mangrove trees, protected by law.

Fun facts

  1. The wood of Mangrove trees was traditionally used to construct homes due to its hardness.
  2. The older the Mangrove tree, the more efficient it is at carbon sequestration.
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