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Reforestation projects in Mozambique

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Coastal mangrove restoration in Zambezia

Climate Solution #52

Coastal Wetland Restoration

Along the fringes of coasts, where land and ocean meet, lie the world’s salt marshes, mangroves, and sea grasses. These coastal wetland ecosystems are found on every continent except Antarctica.

 

They provide nurseries for fish, feeding grounds for migratory birds, a first line of defense against storm surges and floodwaters, and natural filtration systems that boost water quality and recharge aquifers. Relative to their land area, they also sequester huge amounts of carbon in plants aboveground and in roots and soils below.

 

Coastal wetlands can store five times as much carbon as tropical forests over the long term, mostly in deep wetland soils. The soil of mangrove forests alone may hold the equivalent of more than two years of global emissions—22 billion tons of carbon, much of which would escape if these ecosystems were lost.

From drawdown.org

Photos from the Zambezia project

Terrestrial forest restoration in Changalane

Climate Solution #15

Tropical Forest Restoration

In recent decades, tropical forests have suffered extensive clearing, fragmentation, degradation, and depletion of biodiversity. Once blanketing 12 percent of the world’s landmass, they now cover just 5 percent. While destruction continues in many places, tropical forest restoration is growing and may sequester as much as six gigatons of carbon dioxide per year.

As a forest ecosystem recovers, trees, soil, leaf litter, and other vegetation absorb and hold carbon. As flora and fauna return and interactions between organisms and species revive, the forest regains its multidimensional roles: supporting the water cycle, conserving soil, protecting habitat and pollinators, providing food, medicine, and fiber, and giving people places to live, adventure, and worship.

From drawdown.org

Photos from the Changalane project

UN’s Sustainable Development Goals:

Mozambican reforestation

As an Ecologi member your money goes towards supporting projects that are in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Here are the goals recognised by the Mozambican reforestation project:

  • Sustainable Development Goal #1

    End poverty in all its forms everywhere

  • Sustainable Development Goal #2

    Rethink how we grow, share and consume our food. We can provide nutritious food for all.

  • Sustainable Development Goal #3

    Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

  • Sustainable Development Goal #4

    Ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality education.

  • Sustainable Development Goal #5

    Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

  • Sustainable Development Goal #8

    Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all.

  • Sustainable Development Goal #10

    Reduce inequality within and among countries.

  • Sustainable Development Goal #11

    Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

  • Sustainable Development Goal #13

    Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

  • Sustainable Development Goal #15

    Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss.

Read more about the Sustainable Development Goals

Project location: Mozambique

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