One contributing reason is that so many species have part of their life cycle in the mangroves.
Yet various state governments in this part of the world ignore the federal government’s rulings and persist in cutting down the mangroves to “develop” the state.
Why do so few people care?
I have no idea.
I spent 6 months working on a mangrove project in Peninsular Malaysia, and what I saw – the wanton destruction of our coastline for selfish reasons that ignored the future- broke my heart.