Ecological Mangrove Restoration Training and Demonstration

Ecological Mangrove Restoration Training and Demonstration

OVERVIEW

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MAP’s Ecological Mangrove Restoration (EMR) program re-establishes a healthy mangrove ecosystem with community participation. In search of a compromise between economic value and biodiversity, Mangrove Action Project (MAP) promotes the concept and practice of Ecological Mangrove Restoration (EMR). Following each Ecological Mangrove Restoration workshop, MAP plans to carry out actual field training doing EMR itself, inviting the previous participants in the training workshop to put into practice the lessons taught in the training itself.

THE CHALLENGE

Mangrove forests are vital for healthy coastal ecosystems in many regions of the world. They support an immense variety of sea life in intricate food webs associated directly with the mangrove trees themselves, and many populations depend directly on them. In spite of those important functions, more than 50% of the global mangrove forests have been destroyed over the last 100 years, mainly caused by human development.

Many government organizations approach this deforestation through mangrove plantations which generally involve monoculture plantations that are not monitored over time. Therefore, failing to address the biodiversity loss, and many times failing to survive in the long term, because the roots causes of mangrove loss are not dealt with.

Though restoration is essential right now, very few organizations so far have dealt effectively with mangrove restoration and relatively few experiences exist on successful, long-term mangrove rehabilitation.

OUR SOLUTION

To effectively counter mangrove loss, MAP promotes & implements Ecological Mangrove Restoration worldwide. EMR is a holistic approach which is based on the idea that mangrove ecosystems can self-repair after 15-30 year if 1) the natural water flows are restored, 2) former coastal terrain is emulated and 3) natural waterborne seeds flow are not blocked. EMR approach can be a first step to re-establish an ecosystem that benefits nature and livelihoods at the same time. With the reforestation, the natural functions of the mangrove ecosystem will be revived. Water quality, health and fish fauna will be improved and income opportunities will be improved, positively affecting the livelihood of the rural communities.

MAP’s EMR projects include direct involvement of local communities in the restoration of mangrove ecosystems, as well as involved in forming sustainable solutions that will benefit them directly, as a way to ensure the success and the longevity of the project. Critical to the process is development of a community mangrove management plan by the local conservation group which will be the primary force preventing the repeated degradation of the restoration site.

IMPACT

By funding this project you will help in developing a 2 hectares of ecologically restored mangroves using EMR for demonstration and teaching EMR, and training 25 persons. The rehabilitated areas will help as a demonstration site for other communities and organizations to follow, as well as providing important ecological services already onsite: marine life nests and habitats, carbon sequestration to mitigate climate change, water filtration and reduced soil erosion, improved and increased livelihoods for coastal communities. Participants will acquire essential mangrove resource management skills, while their traditional wisdom is utilized.

OUR SOLUTION

To effectively counter mangrove loss, MAP promotes & implements Ecological Mangrove Restoration worldwide. EMR is a holistic approach which is based on the idea that mangrove ecosystems can self-repair after 15-30 year if 1) the natural water flows are restored, 2) former coastal terrain is emulated and 3) natural waterborne seeds flow are not blocked. EMR approach can be a first step to re-establish an ecosystem that benefits nature and livelihoods at the same time. With the reforestation, the natural functions of the mangrove ecosystem will be revived. Water quality, health and fish fauna will be improved and income opportunities will be improved, positively affecting the livelihood of the rural communities.

MAP’s EMR projects include direct involvement of local communities in the restoration of mangrove ecosystems, as well as involved in forming sustainable solutions that will benefit them directly, as a way to ensure the success and the longevity of the project. Critical to the process is development of a community mangrove management plan by the local conservation group which will be the primary force preventing the repeated degradation of the restoration site.

MILESTONES

  • Establish links with suitable community-based local NGO, farmers and local governments.
  • Train participants on EMR method.
  • Find suitable EMR sites.
  • Start EMR in 2 ha.
  • Participatory monitoring of EMR sites over 3-5 years to measure and ensure success.
  • Follow up workshops and extension trainings on the demonstration sites.