Participatory Mangrove Restoration

To restore 1000 hectares of degraded land into healthy mangrove ecosystems in Ayeyarwady, Myanmar, by providing ecological, social and economic benefits and uplifting coastal communities in the region.

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Worldview International Foundation

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Beneficiaries

SDGs covered

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VNV Advisory Services Pte. Ltd.

Market of Implementation

  • Myanmar

Problem

Ayeyarwady Delta has seen a 73% reduction in Mangrove areas in the last 35 years. This has left the coastal community climate vulnerable, which has further resulted in soil erosion, river bank erosion, increased salinity of soils, vulnerability to storms and storm damages. The programme addresses issues of biodiversity conservation, natural forest management, community forestry, water resource management etc. which will help the community directly and indirectly. It also addresses income generating activities such as livestock, sustainable fisheries and improved agricultural practices and works towards reducing the vulnerability of the coastal communities towards natural disasters such as storms, cyclones and tsunamis.

Solution

This project increases climate resilience of vulnerable coastal communities already threatened by rising sea levels, as Mangroves serve as natural barriers that offer protection from the impacts of storms and cyclones, thereby enabling disaster risk mitigation. Benefits include:
  • Mitigates up to 5 times more CO2 than terrestrial trees
  • Biodiversity hotspots
  • Mangrove roots act as filtration systems that prevent sediment deposition on coral reefs and sea-grass meadows
  • Reduction of soil, river bed and seashore erosion
  • Increases soil organic carbon
  • Carbon sinks storing large amounts of carbon
  • Increases sea food resources up to 50%
  • Secures long term income from carbon trade to benefit communities
  • High production of oxygen and effective cooling of air with 60,000 BTUs per tree
  • Active local participation & capacity building
  • Gender inclusion
  • Economic security

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