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Magic bullet against climate change? Saving mangroves in Kenya

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The metre-high trees with roots resembling an octopus’ tentacles can be appreciated in all their glory when the tide is out here in Gazi, a sleepy bay in south-eastern Kenya. “It can take up to 10 years for a mangrove plantation to grow,” explains Josphat Nguu as he inspects the green giants. Nguu, a marine biologist, and his colleagues from the Mikoko Pamoja project are trying to reforest this area with mangroves again as well as to protect the ones that are already growing here in Gazi. It’s a fight that’s well worth the time and effort: That’s because mangroves are a valuable weapon in the …

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