The overall aim of Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park is to establish a pilot project for national mangrove restoration, including capacity of Pathein University in the vulnerable Delta area, as resource centre for climate adaptation and mangrove restoration in the country. The budget has a sizeable component for capacity building of this leading coastal university, including human resources with research grants to students/university staff, scholarships to Master students and PhD students. This will create a significant knowledge base for mangrove restoration and other environmental and climate change challenges in Myanmar.
Universities in Myanmar are starved for resources. The Mangrove Research Project initiated by Worldview in 2012 has been able to assist partner universities to overcome some of their acute capacity shortages, as well as developing computer labs, Internet facilities and supplying teaching material and library books.
Pathein University was recently awarded status as university of excellence in Marine Science Technology and Micro Biology. It is located in the most vulnerable area exposed to climate change in Myanmar. Its Marine Research Station in Nga Pu Taw island was seriously damaged by cyclone Nargis in 2008 and needs urgent repair. The renovated buildings will be used as a base for development and maintenance of the climate park. The gene bank will be located in the university’s botanical garden at the university premises in Pathein. The tissue culture lab in Pathein will cater for high quality production of selected species of high standard mangrove to secure the best planting material for national restoration projects. It is in this connection important to include Department of Forestry as part of the project, with special research support to Forestry University under its supervision. This will bring in the national aspect of climate change adaptation and mangrove restoration, especially related to development of a national restoration plan.
The project will plant 700,000 trees in a dedicated area for mangrove restoration, and protect 800,000 young plants already in the ground, as well as establishing a gene bank with all 64 species of mangroves found in Myanmar in support of the country’s rich biodiversity.
Local communities will be empowered as active partners, with special emphasis of women participation. Proven cost effective methods will be implemented, including media and communication for awareness and public education. Local communities will benefit from job creations and related income opportunities in a poverty reduction drive.
The final aim of the projects is to further support research on climate change and mangrove restoration with capacity building. This will include protection of 1,5 million mangrove trees based on long term sustainability to mitigate 1.5 million ton CO2. In addition, securing more than 1 million ton already in the ground as part of REDD+ objectives. The total impact of CO2 mitigation is estimated to be 2.5 million tons when fully developed. Exact measurement of stored carbon in the climate park before restoration will be established by ongoing research to be completed in early 2015.
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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.