Conservation and restoration of mangrove forests are essential for local biodiversity. These mangrove forests only consist of 7 species of mangroves, however, they are home to 450 species of birds, including migratory species. Ecotourism and bird watching is a rising industry in the region, especially in mangrove habitats. The mangrove forests receive regular visits from several turtle species and are home to the endangered West African manatee and the soft skinned turtle.
Unfortunately the ecosystem is facing many threats. The collection and use of mangrove wood is driving the degradation and deforestation of the aquatic forests. Fish smoking practices, reliant on mangrove wood, have driven 40% of mangrove loss in the area. Furthermore, pollution, urbanisation, dynamite fishing and the expansion of agricultural fields have driven habitat loss in the region.