Mangrove Planting, Maroalika

This trail-blazing project led by Eden Reforestation works with local communities to restore vital mangrove forests and alleviate poverty.

Cost

£ 0.17 /tree

Number of trees
Mangroves Project in Madagascar, Eden Reforestation
Young mangrove forest © Eden Reforestation Projects

Project information

Mangrove planting in Madagascar

This trail-blazing project run by Eden Reforestation Projects has reforestation and poverty alleviation at its heart. Mangroves pack some punch when it comes to carbon sequestration but also provide a whole load of other natural benefits such as storm surge protection and vital habitat for many species.

The Madagascar project that we support started in 2007. The project has already planted over 300 million trees and created over 3 million workdays.

To date, they have planted over 334 million trees across 8 countries. This has opened up 3.3 million days of work for local communities. By the year 2025, their goal is to plant 500 million trees each year.


Earthly Nature Based Solutions Forests

Intervention

Mangrove regeneration

Location

Madagascar

Sustainable Goals

  • no poverty
  • zero hunger
  • good health
  • quality education
  • gender equality
  • clean water
  • clean energy
  • economic growth
  • infrastructure
  • reduced inequality
  • sustainable cities
  • responsible consumption
  • climate action
  • life below water
  • life on land
  • peace justice
  • partnerships

Project performance

Impact in numbers

Carbon

265

Hectares of plantable area

Biodiversity

5,300,000

Trees planted

Social

1,468

Total working days created

Project impact

Local impact

Positive for People

Healthy and thriving mangroves are linked with bountiful coastal communities, since mangrove health is closely tied with coastal socio-economic stability. On the flip side, degradation of mangroves brings loss of fish stocks, soil quality degradation, vulnerability to extreme events and income loss from charcoal production and timber logging.

To solve the double-edged problem of mangrove degradation and poverty, Eden Restoration is using a unique methodology of ‘employ to plant’ in order to target both of these problems. This aims to involve locals within the core project execution and provide fair employment to local people so that they may grow, plant, and guard native species to maturity.

Mangroves Project in Madagascar, Eden Reforestation

Good for Earth

In Madagascar, forest restoration is a critical issue- the country has lost over 90% of its native forest cover today. This is a huge loss for biodiversity, since approximately 75% of its species are not found anywhere else in the world. It is our responsibility to protect what is left and help to reforest areas that have been destroyed.

Mangroves are an excellent forest type for restoration- mangrove forests not only store more carbon than traditional forests, but they also provide multiple benefits to coastal communities like storm protection, water filtration and livelihood generation. Each mangrove tree removes around 308kg of CO2 from the atmosphere over the course of its life-cycle (approximately 25 years).


Planting: A mix of four different mangrove species are planted as well as at least 10% agroforestry trees to provide an additional source of income to the local people. The mangroves are planted directly from propagules, and Eden have discovered that mortality becomes irrelevant as natural regeneration occurs (after the inevitable loss of some propagules). Typically regeneration exceeds 200% of the original number of mangroves planted – what a result!

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Mangroves Project in Madagascar, Eden Reforestation
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Young mangrove forest © Eden Reforestation Projects
Mangroves in Madagascar, Eden Reforestation