The big picture:
Mangroves store 50 times more carbon in their soils by surface area compared to tropical forests, and ten times more than temperate forests. This phenomenon makes the conservation of these coastal trees imperative in the bid to combat global warming.
How It Works:
Mangroves are biodiversity hotspots and serve as nurseries for many reef fish species, crab, shrimp, and mollusks.They also form a buffer against tidal destruction and erosion. We are quickly losing coastal mangrove forest habitats to illegal logging. The poles are excellent for construction and are widely felled for firewood, threatening local livelihoods.
Mikoko Pamoja is a community-led mangrove conservation and restoration project in Gazi Bay, Kenya.It involves both forest preservation and community-based reforestation. The project supports community development projects such as building school infrastructure and providing clean drinking water. With income from forest resources, including carbon credits, beekeeping and ecotourism, the project safeguards these resources for local communities and future generations.