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Summary
Reforestation and restoration of degraded mangrove coastal areas in Myanmar.
TYPE
Blue carbon
What is Blue Carbon?

Blue carbon is the carbon stored in coastal and marine ecosystems. The Blue Carbon Initiative currently focuses on carbon in coastal ecosystems - mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrasses. Learn more
AREA
4,500 hectares
What is area?

Area indicates the geographic size of the forest being restored or protected. One sport field is about a hectare in size.
STANDARD
Verified Carbon Standard
EXPECTED ANNUAL CO2 REDUCTION
288,000 tonnes
To compare, this is equivalent of taking 6261 cars off the road.

*May vary depending on the actual verified biomass growth
9,000,000
trees to be planted
20
years
5,760,000
tons CO2
UN Sustainable Development Goals addressed
Mangroves stabilise the soil and prevent agricultural runoff. They also provide a breeding ground for fish which helps to feed the villagers.
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The project invests in schools and education for local children. Besides providing classroom teaching, it has also funded the computer lab to teach online literacy.
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The project creates jobs and income-generating activities for the local population of 21,000 people.
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Mangroves create better quality of water and air, benefiting the health of the local population, but also impacting the global ecosystems and people's health.
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At least 50% of project employees are women. This set up helps to improve equality and power dynamics, while providing opportunities to women.
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Sustainable work opportunities and growth empowerment for the 20 years following the initial tree planting. Young people engaged with the project acquire useful skills in drone-based monitoring and carbon stock evaluation.
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Mangrove trees are climate superheroes. Each tree sequesters carbon and helps to mitigate climate change.
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Healthy forests provide habitat for animals and birds. Recently the white elephant has returned to this re-established forest!
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Mangrove roots protect coral reefs and provide a safe haven for the fish.
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Threats to the most productive ecosystems on Earth at carbon capture and storage
Mangrove forests are the world champions in CO2 absorption: They sequester up to five times more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than other types of forest and store it in their biomass and in rich organic soils for thousands of years.

Despite their importance, they are disappearing at a global loss rate of 1–2% per year. Being located in disadvantaged areas of the world, they experience various threats.
Challenges
Deforestation in Myanmar
Conversion to rice paddles accounts for 88% of mangrove loss in Myanmar
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Myanmar is one of the major locations for mangroves and one of those world's areas where their cutting rate is the highest. Unsustainable agricultural and industrial practices as well as poverty and low education level of the local population lead to massive deforestation.
Agriculture
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Cutting mangroves can cause altered species composition, fragmentation and total clearance of mangrove forests
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Urbanisation drives mangrove loss and degradation
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Coastal development
Pollution
Mangrove's serial roots are smothered and clogged by sediment, solid waste and oil
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Climate change
Air temperature and rainfall regimes influence mangrove distribution, abrupt changes in sea level are the primary cause of extinctions
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The project aims at replanting 4,500 hectares of severely degraded mangroves in 2020-2023 in the Chaungtha, Magyizin, Bawmi, Kyunhlargyi and Thitphyu village village areas, in the Ayeyarwady region of Myanmar.
Vlinder partners with one of the world's most respected eco heroes, the Worldview International Foundation. Founded in 1979, it established national parks in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, planted tens of millions of trees, and provided hundreds of jobs on a regular basis.

To ensure the project's long term sustainability, Vlinder uses a community-based model to educate and employ locals, to provide scholarships and help schools, to support families and gender equality.

By conducting continuous plantation maintenance, protection and monitoring for the entire project period of 20 years, Vlinder contributes to making the lives of 21,000 people residing in the project area more resilient to extreme weather events.
Solution
Environmental benefits
Mangrove ecosystems serve as nurseries for fish, marine life and coral reefs, tropical birds, crocodiles and white elephants
Benefits
Mangrove forests are biodiverse habitats of great ecological significance.
Mangrove roots act as a filtration system and capture silt preventing siltation in seagrass meadows and on coral reefs
Community benefits
The project introduces income generating activities and reduces poverty among the country's vulnerable coastal communities:
50% of the project's carbon credits are shared with the local impact partner
Protecting people in the project area from extreme weather events (tsunamis, floods)
Fully addressing community firewood needs (woodlots, cookstoves, etc.)
Food security and food diversity
Support to women: They make up more than half of the project's local staff
Community education and upskilling
Value-added livelihoods and new revenue streams (e.g. sustainable crabbing and shrimp farms, production of natural dyes from mangroves)
New jobs
Partners
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"It is high time to restore broken nature for increased blue carbon mitigation, proven during millions of years. We invite partners to support the most cost-effective climate solution, nature`s lifeline to our future."
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Dr. Arne Fjørtoft
Secretary General of Worldview International Foundation
Progress
Photos from the site
500 ha is prepared for planting in 2020/2021 season
Timeline
November 2020
140 ha are planted and demonstrating healthy tree growth
December 2020
over 10 million seeds are collected for the nurseries and planting in the upcoming spring season
January 2021
implementation of the community support activities, providing urgent support to hospitals and schools in the project area and helping to fight challenges due to Covid 19.
February 2021
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Risks disclosure: Robust legal frameworks and safeguarding measures have been put in place both by Worldview International Foundation and Vlinder to minimise the risks. The detailed risk assessment has been carried out and approved by Verra. Vlinder risk matrix is available upon request.

Sovereign: land tenure uncertainty, corruption, change of power.
Social: local community unrest, military conflict.
Natural: predation by crabs, pests and extreme weather events.
Financial: carbon price fluctuation.
Technological: risks associated with blockchain uptake.
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