+A pilot project for Mitigation of Green House Gases and
Disaster Prevention Capacity in Adaptation
to Climate Change.
RESTORATION OF MAGNIFICENT FORESTS
The mangrove trees have the ability to grow where no other tree can, thereby making significant contribution to the environment. The coverage of costal shorelines and wetlands provide many diverse species of birds, mammals, crustacean and fish in a unique, irreplaceable habitat. Mangroves preserve water quality and reduce pollution, filtering suspended material, assimilating dissolved nutrients and provides a substantial cooling effect.
The tree is the foundation for a complex marine food chain and the detrital food cycle. Due to destruction of mangroves, many of these species, whose continued existence depend on thriving mangroves, are endangered or threatened. It is estimated that 75% of the game fish and 90% of the commercial species in certain areas in Myanmar rely on mangrove systems.
Destructed mangrove forest lands is made available by for restoration to its former glory with various species of mangroves. Myanmar has a rich bio resource in 65 varieties of different mangrove species which can also benefit other countries. Pathein University will in addition to the climate park, also establish a genetic mangrove bank as its contribution towards full scale mangrove restoration in the country.
The two universities supported by Worldview’s team in Myanmar, headed by its international science advisor and project director Dr.Ranil Senanayake, have provided the scientific and managerial capacity to the proposed project in a professional manner in cooperation with relevant local, regional and national institutions.
Sustainable mangrove restoration on a national scale is possible with a comprehensive step-by-step approach. The first period with research has generated scientific knowledge on vital national and local issues. It has identified the need for permanent mangrove parks as a necessary follow up towards national restoration. It is from these parks, functioning as resource centres in cooperation with local, regional and national institutions, a full scale effort can be successfully completed.
Pathein University is a leading academic institution in the coastal West, recently approved as a university of excellence. Worldview’s ongoing research project has provided capacity building and necessary skills to students and academic staff. This has led to the contribution of 1,800 acres from the regional governments for mangrove restoration and adaptation to climate change.
A successful implementation of mangrove restoration in vulnerable coastal areas will save human lives and create new opportunities for the poorest of the poor. This will yield climate change protection as a catalyst for sustainable social and economic development.
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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.