Reforestation and restoration of degraded mangrove coastal areas in Sri Lanka.
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
What is area?
Area indicates the geographic size of the forest being restored or protected. One sport field is about a hectare in size.
Verified Carbon Standard
EXPECTED ANNUAL CO2 REDUCTION
To compare, this is equivalent of taking 6261 cars off the road.
*May vary depending on the actual verified biomass growth
trees to be planted
UN's 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.
The project invests in schools and education for local children.
The project creates jobs and income-generating activities for over a thousand of local stakeholders.
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.
At least 50% of project employees are women. This set up helps to improve equality and power dynamics, while providing opportunities to women.
Sustainable work opportunities and growth empowerment for the 10 years following the initial tree planting. Young people engaged with the project acquire useful skills in drone-based monitoring and carbon stock evaluation.
Mangrove trees are climate superheroes. Each tree sequesters carbon and helps to mitigate climate change.
Healthy forests provide habitat for animals and birds. Recently the white elephant has returned to this re-established forest!
Mangrove roots protect coral reefs and provide a safe haven for fish and turtles.
Threats to the most productive ecosystems on Earth at carbon capture and storage
Mangrove forests sequester up to five times more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than other types of forest. Nevertheless, they are among the world's most vulnerable subtropical and tropical habitats. With global losses already in excess of 50%, mangroves are being lost more rapidly than tropical rainforests.
Losses of mangroves also release large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, arising from the destruction of their biomass and the release of the large carbon stocks held in their soils.
Deforestation in Sri Lanka
Many thousands of acres of mangrove forest in Sri Lanka have been destroyed to make way for rice paddies, rubber trees, and palm oil plantations.
More than 50 % of the Sri Lanka mangrove forests have been destroyed irrecoverably in the past 30 years through deforestation, abuse, and exploitation – with negative impacts on fishery and the protection against catastrophic flooding events. Current rates of mangrove destruction are estimated at around 150,000 hectares per year (about 1%), according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
Mangroves in Sri Lanka provide wood and timber for housing, firewood, and charcoal to coastal households. Almost 75% of the coastal population extracts firewood from mangrove forests.
Rising infrastructure and development increase demand for mangrove resources and drives mangrove loss.
With the intensity of climate change and natural perils rising, more and more mangroves are destroyed and the time needed for recovery gets extended. They are threatened by natural disasters while functioning as a buffer and protecting the coast. During the 2004 Tsunami, most of the mangroves along the Southern belt were destroyed.
The project aims to restore 500 hectares of severely degraded mangroves in Batticaloa and Puttalam regions of Sri Lanka during 2021-2023.
The potential for further replanting and forest protection is over several thousands hectares. To realize this restoration potential Vlinder is partnering with VNV Advisory, an impact project management company with over 10 years' experience in leading programs on climate change across South Asia that covered 6 million rural households and 1 million ha, and Sri Lanka Turtle Conservation Project, an NGO that has been facilitating the implementation of sustainable marine ecosystem conservation for 25 years.
To ensure the project's long-term sustainability, Vlinder uses a community-based model to provide skills and jobs for the locals which supports families and gender equality.
By conducting continuous plantation maintenance, protection, and monitoring for the entire project period of 10 years, Vlinder contributes to making the lives of thousands of people residing in the project area more resilient to extreme weather events.
Mangrove ecosystems serve as nurseries for fish, marine life and coral reefs, tropical birds, crocodiles and white elephants
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
The project introduces income generating activities and reduces poverty among the country's vulnerable coastal communities:
Value-added livelihoods and new revenue streams, such as sustainable crabs and shrimp farms
Community education and upskilling
Support to women: They make up the majority of the project's local staff
Increasing food security and food diversity
Fully addressing community firewood needs by creating woodlots, and providing efficient cookstoves
Protecting people in the project area from extreme weather events like tsunamis and floods
50% of the project's carbon credits are shared with the local impact partners
"Bursting with biodiversity, mangrove forests are one of the most resilient ecosystems, serving as an important coastal defence, that provides invaluable benefits both ecologically as well as socio-economically. A future for mangroves translates directly to a future for some of our most significant marine species, here in Sri Lanka, the magnificent turtles!"
Project Leader, Sri Lanka Turtle Conservation Project
Photos from the site
500 ha are prepared for planting in the 2021/2022 season
Preparation of nurseries
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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.