Worldview has gained experience in establishing community mangrove forests during 2013-2014 by engaging 46 farmers in Kan Su Village to establish nurseries. A total of 26,000 plants were produced. 4,000 of the plants were used for fencing in Kan Su, and the balance 22,000 plants were shared with farmers in Wat Su village to make a flood fence for protection of their rice fields. The project was successfully completed in August 2014 with all plants in the ground. The feedback from the villages is very encouraging. This has given Worldview an additional practical experience at grass root level, in addition to the scientifically based research and plant development with Pathein University.
It is essential to include the local community in all mangrove restoration efforts. This will be followed up in completion of planting at the proposed Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park in MaGyi with emphasis on women participation. The villagers will be engaged in establishing nurseries, including planting and follow up activities, as well as partnering in creating new livelihood opportunities, to substitute for charcoal production and other mangrove destruction activities. The plants in the mangrove parks can only be fully protected when the local community has ownership in the project and see direct benefits for themselves, in an area plagued with abject poverty.
The project will also provide extensive public education for the local population, to create the necessary understanding of the project’s benefit, aiming at social mobilization of the people in the area.
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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.