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Mangrove conservation more valuable than ever thanks to carbon trading July 25,2019   |  Source: UNEP

When a proven ecosystem restoration method also helps reduce poverty and build economic resilience, governments will often back them as a win-win solution.

The UN Environment Programme, the Kenya Forest Service, the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute and partners recently launched the Vanga Blue Forests Project on the Kenyan coast, a groundbreaking initiative to trade carbon credits from mangrove conservation and restoration.

“The whole of this village and other nearby villages depend on fishing. And the mangrove forest is the actual breeding area for the fish,” says Vanga chief Kama Abdallah.

“If the mangroves are destroyed there would be hunger,” adds Vanga resident Mwasiti Salim.

In June 2019, the Vajiki Community Forest Association participatory forest management plan was launched in Vanga, as part of the project supported by UN Environment through the Global Environment Facility Blue Forests Project and the International Coral Reef Initiative/UN Environment coral reefs small grants programme.

According to the plan, mangroves in Kwale County will be co-managed by the Kenya Forest Service and the Community Forest Association. UN Environment helped develop the plan while the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute provided technical

 

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