Mangrove forests in vulnerable coastal areas have fast disappeared during the last 30 years with approximately only 20% of the original cover left in vulnerable areas.
In most rice growing zones it is down to less than 5%. The government has therefore taken several steps to protect the remaining areas by banning establishment of new prawn farms and related illegal land use. In addition, the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry/Department of Forestry is maintaining nurseries and organizing replanting. NGOs and others are also engaged in this endeavour. But these valuable efforts are unfortunately not enough to even stop the trend of escalating destruction. With no tangible change, there is a danger that most of the remaining 20% of the mangrove forest cover in Myanmar will be gone by 2020.
This project proposal is based on Worldview International Foundation’s research project on mangrove restoration. The project has identified an alarming escalation in mangrove destruction and is proposing a viable and measurable solutions for immediate attention.
Taking into account the danger of climate change effects in vulnerable coastal areas, millions of people are be exposed to unnecessary risks without mangrove protection. A case in point is cyclone Nargis which hit the coastal areas in 2008 with massive destruction affecting millions of people. Mangrove restoration has in this context an effective disaster prevention capacity in view of threatening climate change.
The latest report from IPCC published November 2014 underlines the urgency in mitigating CO2 already in the atmosphere as an urgent need to meet global climate change targets. Blue Carbon, and in particular mangrove restoration is an effective method to capture and permanently store large amount of CO2 with the highest efficiency and lowest cost, as mangroves captures up to five times more than rainforest trees. Worldview’s test planting of 55,000 mangrove plants in Pathein University’s dedicated 1,800 acres in MaGyi has yielded successful results and is now ready for planting of 700,000 mangroves during the next three years. This will in addition to protecting 600,000 young plants already on the ground, mitigate over 1.5 million tons of CO2 when fully developed. The trees will be cared for and protected for years to come in a safe environment, protected from human destruction based on land guarantee by the Forestry Department to Pathein University for establishing Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park.
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- Mangroves mitigating 3-5 times more CO2 than rainforest trees
- Protecting lives and properties from extreme weather
- Increasing sea food production with up to 50%
- Filtering and cleaning water
- Providing cooling effect and other vital eco services for life on Earth
- Helping disadvantaged in vulnerable coastal communities with sustainable development to overcome poverty
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Mangrove tree(s) in Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park in Myanmar mitigating1 ton per tree documented in the soil and in the biomass.