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Mangrove Restoration

Introduction

Mangroves are arguably the most diverse and important habitats on the planet. They are a nursery to most reef fish, creatures, and corals and provide essential support to other near by marine ecosystems. They are also one of the best “Carbon Sinks”! In essence, mangroves is natures answer to climate change , and contribute towards the global reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

1/5th of the worlds mangrove population disappearing over the last decade. The primary threats to mangrove destruction is coastal development, their use as a rubbish dump, and overexploitation. Protecting these vital ecosystems has become more important than ever.

In collaboration with the scientists in charge of Mangroves 4 Fiji we will collect, nurse, and transplant mangrove propagules onto the coastline of Nusa Penida, Lembongan, and Bali in predetermined zones and tract their growth progress throughout the year.

Objective

With this program we are on the front lines on the war against climate change. We use direct intervention through mangrove cultivation and reforestation along the coast lines of Nusa Penida, Lembongan, and Bali. We also calculate out carbon footprint and compare it to carbon offsetting by tree planting ensuring all participants, the project, and the resort are carbon neutral!

Methodology

Propagules are the seeds of mangroves and are uniquely shaped to land into the sand and start growing their roots. We aid this process by collecting unsuccessful propagules from the beaches and coast lines and bring them back to our mangrove nursery. We plant them in recycled plastic bottles packed with sand. We water them with brackish water collected from their planting sites to ensure they are subjected to similar salinity levels. Once they have sprouted their first leaves we keep them in black bags in shaded areas and transport them for transplanting. Plant the seedlings 1/sqm in a 30cm deep hole. This method has proven a 70% success rate. The mangrove sites need to be regularly maintained for 2 years until the tree is basically self sustaining. Maintance includes removing debris and dead plants, replacing lost or dead propagules, and thinned out when required. ,

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