Mangrove Ecological Restoration

Ecological restroration project for mangrvove forests in Asia is to join in the global efforts to minimize the damage of natural disasters 

Mangrove forests, which has most crucial role in the subtropical and tropical coastal ecosystem, have lost 30% of its area over the past 30 years due to the excessive tourism, shrimp farming and land development. The results are catastrophic as the loss takes 10% of forests carbon emissions. In particular, it is much serious in Asia region because the speed of mangrove loss is 2 times faster than other regions

Challenges & Goals

Mangrove, the tree for climate change adaptation

Ecopeace Asia is focusing on restoration and convservation of destructed mangrove forests, for it can absorb carbon 2~5 times much more than tropical forests. That's the reason whey it is called 'the rainforests of ocean' and selected as a program for climate change adaptation by UNESCO

 

The coastal great wall, offsetting 75% of tsunami damages

We can prevent increasingly serious damages of natural disaster in advance by mangrove forest restoration. Here are some examples. When there was tsunami on the Indian Ocean 2004, many people near could save their life due to the mangrove's role of natural seawall blocking big waves. More recently, we have seen that the Eastern Samar region in Philippines, where mangrove forests still remain, had got much less damages from super typhoon 'Haiyan' 2013 comparing the ruined region, Tacloban in Philippines, where mangrove forest had disappeared. 

Furthermore, mangrove forests provide habitats for birds and spawning place for fishes. For that reasons, we are sure that our mangrove forests restoration project is the opimal model for sustainable earth not only for the climate change adaptations and increasing biodiversity, but also for the income growth of poor fisherman.

Economical benefits of $ 60,000 each year, by absorbing 30,000 tons of CO2 

Mangrove annually absorb up to 34 tons of CO2 per ha. This figure is 4.4 times higher than pine and 2.2 times higher than liriodendron. If we have 1000 ha of mangrove forests, then we can save at least 30,000 tons of CO2 annually. That tons of CO2 correspond to the amount of carbon emission from 1,376 Korean. We can get $60,000 by implementing forestation which brings CER(Certified Emission Reductions)

Ecopeae Asia, the sole NGO in Korea for mangrove restoration project

Ecopeace Asia started mangrove restoration project from 2010. Since then, we have planted 179,950 of mangroves with 866 volunteers. We have nursery farm in Xiamen Fujian(in China) and nationwide network with more than 40 environmental organizations, proving that we are professional on that field. Following that, we are planning to expand project area for Asia mangrove greenbelt  

Project Outline

2010 ~ Now ㅣ Xiamen Nature Reserve Project 

Project Area 
  • Xiamen national heron sanctuary and Eyu island, Fuijan, China
Project Contents
  • Ecological restoration through planting mangrove seeds 
Project Goals
  • Asian civil society's recognition improvement on the importance of conservation of mangrove forests
  • Climate change adaptation and increasing biodiversity 
  • Building Asia mangrove forests greenbelt 
Main Expected Effects
  • Protection on strand line: blocking big waves from typhoon and tsunami
  • Land formation: 2~3 times higher sedimentation ratio than mud flat
  • Maintaining biodiversity: the habitats for 80% of kinds of China waterfowl
  • Natural farm: breeding place for various fishes and waterfowl
  • Purification: cleaning function for air, water and soil
  • Economical benefits: lumber, medicine, fishery, tourism, edible vegetation
  • Scientific research: study object for biological evolution research