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2 Oct 2015

Pronatura's mangrove restoration gets helping hand from Ricoh

Mangrove forest, Mexico
Mangrove forests are among they are the highest carbon reservoirs of the tropical forests (image: Pronatura)
By Adrian Long

 

15 ha of mangrove will be restored over the next 3 years (image: Pronatura)

Pronatura Sur A.C’s work on conserving mangroves received a recent boost with funding from RICOH. Over the next three years, Pronatura aims to restore 15 hectares of mangrove and provide economic benefits to local communities using this important habitat.

Pronatura Sur A.C. (BirdLife in Mexico) has been working with local communities on mangrove restoration in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca and Chiapas states for 15 years. The work covers 800 ha in three areas: Mar Muerto, La Encrucijada Biosphere Reserve – both Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas - and Conquista Campesina.

Project leader Marylin Bejarano says the areas could eventually be connected together. “That’s why our work is called the Mangrove and Climate Change Corridor Initiative”

“Mangrove forests are among the highest carbon reservoirs of the tropical forests, and the mangroves in La Encrucijada are among he tallest in the entire Mesoamerican region from Panama to Mexico.” 
 

RICOH’s support will focus on Conquista Campesina with training among the local communities on how to manage the mangroves, monitoring of them and restoration of five additional hectares per year for the next three years.

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The mangroves hold an important population of plants, mammals and birds. As well as the resident species the mangroves are located on the crossroads of migratory bird flyways for the Pacific coast and the Gulf of Mexico.

Pronatura's Mangrove and Climate Change Corridor Initiative is supported by Bonafont and USAID.

 

The projects aims to work with the local communicties on four main areas.