Mangroves, mudflats, saltmarshes and sea grasses in deltas and along the coast provide millions of people with a vital source of income and protect them from the ravages of storms and floods. As such, they are the basis for safety and of a prosperous economy in both cities and rural areas. By conserving and restoring these wetlands, we work towards resilient coastal landscapes and the protection of their unique biodiversity.
- In Kipini area in the Tana River Delta, we continue to promote restoration, conservation and sustainable use of mangroves in partnership with Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute and the Kenya Forestry Services. To date, we have strengthened the capacity of the community and various stakeholders toward the conservation and management of their mangrove resources. We have also promoted the sustainable utilisation of mangrove resources by establishing a mangrove-based enterprise (bee-keeping) for the community members.
- In Rufiji Delta in Tanzania, under the Mangrove Capital Africa Programme, we are working to safeguard and restore mangrove ecosystems for the benefit of people and nature. Healthy mangroves support climate adaptation, reduce erosion, saline intrusion, storm damage and other climate change impacts. We are collaborating with the local communities, government agencies and civil society to review and implement a management plan that will enhance the conservation of mangroves. Large-scale community-based rehabilitation efforts are being undertaken to revive sites that were heavily degraded. Data, information and knowledge about mangrove trends and values will be made available for use by scientists, practitioners and decision-makers to enable them to make resolutions that benefit the communities and nature. We will also work with public and private decision-makers to enable them adopt best practices for the local communities and mangroves to thrive.