Mangrove forests are important ecosystems in Madagascar. Mangroves produce goods and services of high economic value to the coastal communities. The town of Mahabana sits between the Indian Ocean and a vast network of mangrove channels. This area has lost much of its mangrove forests from overharvesting and land use conversion. This in turn, caused significant coastal erosion to a point where the Mahabana Peninsula is at risk of collapsing. The destruction of the mangrove forests also contributed to the loss of critical habitats for many organisms.
With your support, we are restoring the mangrove in Madagascar. The goal of this project is to empower the impoverished coastal community to break the poverty cycle. By restoring the mangrove estuary, which is rich in biodiversity, to provide fishing grounds for local Malagasy people. Creation of additional income streams, including harvests from the mangrove forests. This contributes to the food security and livelihoods of the local communities. In turn, ensures the longevity of the project. The restored forests will help to stabilize coastlines. This will act as a vital line of defense to protect the land and the communities during tropical storms.