Restoring Coastal Ecosystems Through Our Partnership With SeaTrees by Sustainable Surf
ecosystems. Located along tropical coastlines, per hectare mangroves are among the most carbon-rich forests in the world - in fact, despite covering only 0.1% of the planet's surface, research shows that 14% of all coastal carbon sequestration is thanks to mangrove forests.
The Mida Creek project restores 100+ hectares of degraded mangrove forest within the Malindi Watamu National Marine Park and Reserve - a UNESCO Designated Biosphere Area and one of the world’s oldest Marine Protected Areas. The area is a critical stopover for migratory birds. A large portion of Watamu Marine National Park has also been internationally recognized as an Important Marine Mammal Area by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The area is home to critical sea turtle habitat and nesting areas, is used as a nursing ground for humpback whales, and has a large resident population of Indo-pacific bottlenose dolphins.
In partnership with the local community and our planting partners COBEC, 1 million mangrove trees were planted from January 2021 - March 2022, with another 500,000 to be planted in 2023. More than 200 people are being employed to restore the mangrove forests. The employees and the communities they are a part of, are being educated about the environmental and economic importance of these ecosystems, and employed to grow seedlings, collect mangrove propagules, plant mangroves, and monitor the growth of the trees.
This project restores 100+ hectares of degraded mangrove forest within the Malindi Watamu National Marine Park and Reserve - a UNESCO Designated Biosphere Area and one of the world’s oldest Marine Protected Areas. In partnership with COBEC and the local community, 1.5 million mangrove SeaTrees will be planted throughout the Mida Creek Region from 2021 - 2023.
SeaTrees has partnered with COBEC (Community Based Environmental Conservation), a community-based organization founded in 2005 in Kenya. COBEC is focused on local "grass-roots" ocean conservation efforts and works with local villages to strategically replant mangroves in deforested areas. More than 200 people are being employed to restore the mangrove forests.
Every mangrove tree planted:
-Helps to create meaningful employment for more than 200 people
-Provides resources for local education
-Protects local villages from storm surges and sea-level rise
-Serves as critical nursery grounds for fish and shellfish, and increases local marine productivity
-Has the potential to sequester approximately 300kg of carbon dioxide over the 25 year life of the tree