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The Mozambican government has committed to planting and restoring 5,000 hectares of mangroves over the next two years, and we’re very excited to be part of this vital initiative for community and climate resilience.
Beginning in 2021, Community Forests will be working in partnership with Istituto Oikos Onlus to support community-led mangrove restoration projects in Mozambique.
In early 2021, Community Forests will be sharing our learned experience with community-led mangrove restoration in Zanzibar with representatives from Mozambique. Later this year, our team from Zanzibar will help adapt our ecosystem-based restoration approaches to the unique community-needs and forests of Mozambique.
Though mangroves occupy just 0.5% of Earth’s shorelines, research shows that these coastal forests account for 10% of the coast’s carbon storage capacity. What’s more, mangrove forests are a natural buffer between communities and flooding. Healthy mangrove forests reduce water level surges by up to half a metre — an increasingly important ecosystem service as the climate crisis means rising sea levels and increases the likelihood of powerful storms.
Climate justice means working to correct the vast imbalance between climate change impacts and global resources. Mozambique is responsible for only 0.14% of global carbon emissions and is the sixth poorest country in the world, yet the country faces over $3.2 billion in loss and damage following two unprecedented cyclones in 2019.