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Community-Based Mangrove Restoration: A Proven Success

Why training?

Mangroves are highly complex ecosystems and restoring them is no simple task. Even the best-intentioned projects can produce disappointing results. It doesn’t have to be like this.

Through the CBEMR process, training participants learn how to identify the underlying stressors behind previous mangrove loss, as well as concrete methods to improve biophysical and socio-economic outcomes.

The result? Healthy, biodiverse and sustainably managed mangroves. Our ‘Community-Based Ecological Mangrove Restoration’ (CBEMR) methodology is a science-backed, collaborative approach that drastically improves restoration outcomes.

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Our holistic methodology equips local participants with the tools needed for long-term ecological restoration while supporting the wellbeing of their communities.


Flexibility is central to our approach. We understand that every site and community is unique, so each of our programs is designed to cater precisely to their specific needs. Less fluff, more impact.

Over 75 km

of canals dug to initiate natural regeneration in El Salvador

After hurricane damage

The Bahamas are committed to utilizing CBEMR to restore their mangroves

Over 30 community groups

trained in East Coast Africa

What to expect live

Designed for groups of up to 25 participants, workshops can last from 5 to 10 days. They include:

  • Question-led, photo-based theory sessions on subjects such as mangrove ecology and biology, understanding mangrove stressors, and restoration best practices
  • Field trips that bring the theory to life
  • Live demonstrations of equipment and mapping
  • Group work to boost engagement and encourage networking

What to expect online

Our trainings are also offered online and facilitated over a number of weeks. While there is no substitute for in-field or site-specific learning, online workshops make it possible to bring together representatives from around the globe. Participants are left with a solid understanding of the CBEMR methodology’s key tenets, and how implementing them can tangibly improve their rehabilitation projects.

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Swabra Mohamed Musa, Matondoni Village, Kenya

"I will share all of this new knowledge with my community, I think it is important that everyone knows about CBEMR."

—Swabra Mohamed Musa, Matondoni Village, Kenya
Harrison Ezzedin, Kiunga, Kenya

"This training went beyond my expectations, it’s like a new beginning in mangrove restoration."

—Harrison Ezzedin, Kiunga, Kenya
Jinnel Sturridge, Grand Bahama Island

"Real-world experiences have been communicated with enthusiasm and learning the science was much easier than reading academic papers."

—Jinnel Sturridge, Grand Bahama Island
Mary Gemela, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

"I never expected to learn so much about mangrove restoration."

—Mary Gemela, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
- Aliy Abdurahim Aliy, Zanzibar, Tanzania

"Now I realize it’s about restoring the whole mangrove and not just planting trees."

—- Aliy Abdurahim Aliy, Zanzibar, Tanzania

After 30 years of teaching the CBEMR method, our results speak for themselves.

Interested? Get in touch to discuss what our team can do to support your restoration work.