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Mangrove Planting at Shumba Mjini

by Community Forests International on April 5, 2009

Community Forests International assisted the village of Shumba in planting mangroves in order to restore portions of degraded mangroves utilized for the production of charcoal. Most Pembans use charcoal for cooking and as a result its production is one of the leading drivers of environmental degradation throughout the region. As the population of this island increases (presently 55% of the population is under the age of 15) the pressure put on both forests and mangroves must be alleviated. White and Black Mangroves can easily be planted by collecting the seeds and sewing directly. Red Mangrove (Mkaka) seeds germinate while still on the tree, and the long torpedo like fruits can be collected and planted.

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