A NATURAL BARRIER THAT PRESERVES LIFE
RESTORING MANGROVES TO PROTECT LIFE
Located between land and sea, mangroves serve as a natural stronghold against the effects of waves and wind, protecting villages and crops from both tropical storms and the effects of climate change. Their specialized root systems not only retain sediment and stabilize the coastline, but are also home to many species, serving as a nursery for a wide variety of fish, crabs and shrimp.
Remarkable carbon sinks, these forests also act as natural filters, providing the clear waters essential to the health of coral reefs and other seagrass beds. A mangrove’s unique qualities are numerous and precious, protecting, nourishing and hosting the populations that live in and around it.
Despite its inestimable value, this fragile ecosystem has lost 50% of its overall surface in 40 years. By restoring the mangroves, the SCS is working to preserve biodiversity, prevent erosion and climatic hazards, and provide new economic opportunities for local populations by acting on the very sources of deforestation.
A unique and fragile ecosystem,
playing a vital role for the oceans.
THREE AXES FOR SUCCESS
Our project has several components, all of which aim to ensure long-term success:
On-site analyzes and monitoring are entrusted to mangrove specialists. Scientific and technological knowledge will be transferred locally.
Specialized in a community-based approach, this NGO determines local populations’ needs, the cultural factors and local knowledge best suited to ensure project viability and real impact in the field in the long-term.
FOR MANGROVE LOSS
The causes of deforestation will be addressed through the implementation of local livelihood projects (e.g. based on renewable energy and agroecology), thus providing economic job opportunities.
The project will initially focus on the Comoro Islands, located in the Mozambique Channel between Africa and Madagascar. These islands currently experience one of the highest levels of deforestation in the world, making them particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. An extension of this project to other sites will be considered at a further stage. This project starts in 2021, for a period of 3 years.