Cayman's Secret Weapon to Stop Climate Change

by The National Trust for the Cayman Islands

Summary

Protect a critical ecosystem that will in turn protect the planet from climate change! Mangroves store more carbon than any other forest type and yet half of them have been lost in just the past 50 years. Carbon offsetting through the protection of mangroves is an easy and effective way for businesses and individuals to offset their carbon footprint while saving a vitally important ecosystem. This ecosystem then provides critical habitat for local wildlife, including a nursery area for fish.

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Challenge

Grand Cayman is home to a beautiful, unspoiled 8,500 acre mangrove paradise that is fast being lost to development pressures. This ecosystem provides a vast array of benefits to the local community (storm protection, fish nursery, increased rainfall, important wildlife habitat), but it also provides an extremely important benefit to the world. Mangroves store more carbon than any other ecosystem on earth and yet worldwide half of all mangroves have been lost in just the last 50 years.

Solution

Carbon offsetting through the protection of mangroves is an easy and effective way for businesses and individuals to offset their carbon footprint while saving a critical ecosystem. To ensure that these offsets are credible worldwide, they must be verified and validated by a third party, a step that is often cost-prohibitive. Island Offsets, a program of the non-profit organization National Trust for the Cayman Islands, is completely set up and ready to go. Help fund this last step!

Long-Term Impact

Protect a critical ecosystem that will in turn protect the planet from climate change. Conserving an intact mangrove forest of this size is important for Grand Cayman in its struggle to both mitigate and adapt to a changing climate, but because these mangroves hold such a vast reservoir of carbon, it is also critical in the battle against climate change for the entire planet. Help to save this magical place from the pressures of development while working to slow climate change worldwide.

Resources

http:/​/​www.nationaltrust.org.ky
Island Offsets, a program of the National Trust

Organization Information

The National Trust for the Cayman Islands

Location: Grand Cayman, Caribbean - Cayman Islands
Website: http:/​/​www.nationaltrust.org.ky
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The National Trust for the Cayman Islands
Catherine Childs
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Catherine Childs
Grand Cayman, Caribbean Cayman Islands

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