International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem is observed every year on July 26. The day is observed to raise awareness of the importance of mangrove ecosystems as “a unique, special and vulnerable ecosystem” and to promote solutions for their sustainable management, conservation and uses.
Significance of the day:
The goal of the day is to promote sustainable management, conservation and utilisation of mangrove ecosystems and to bring attention to the significance of these ecosystems as unique, special, and vulnerable ecosystems.
History of the day:
The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) General Conference established the day in 2015. On this day in 1998, a Greenpeace worker named Hayhow Daniel Nanoto passed away from a heart attack while participating in a sizeable demonstration to restore the mangrove wetlands in Muisne, Ecuador.