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Scientists have found 700 species in a Cambodian mangrove forest

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A recent survey by Fauna & Flora International, a conservation charity, has uncovered a remarkable 700 previously unknown species in Cambodia's mangrove forests.

This extensive study, covering a massive 35,750 hectares, marks the most comprehensive biodiversity analysis of Cambodian mangroves ever conducted.

The vital role of mangroves

Mangrove forests are vital ecosystems. They shelter a vast array of species, shield coasts from erosion, and store carbon dioxide. Unfortunately, over the past 40 years, human development has taken a toll, leading to the loss of a quarter of the world's mangroves.

However, there is a glimmer of hope. The rate of mangrove loss has slowed dramatically in recent years, dropping to just 0.04% annually – over five times slower than the rate observed three decades ago.

Working together for conservation

The World Economic Forum's Mangroves Working Group is a beacon of collaboration, uniting public and private entities in a shared mission – the conservation and restoration of these vital ecosystems.

But the question remains: How can we further contribute to safeguarding the world's precious mangroves? To learn more about this topic, read here.

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