Indonesia is home to one fifth of all mangrove ecosystems in the world and Indonesia harbours the world’s most biodiverse mangroves. Mangroves are important breeding and nursery habitats for many high value commercial fish species and species that are key to local Indonesian diets. Since the 1980s, Indonesia has lost approximately 40% of its mangrove area. In fact, Indonesia has the fastest rate of mangrove destruction in the world. The loss of mangrove forests has stemmed from the conversion of mangrove into various forms of other land use, such as aquaculture, agriculture and commercial development.
With your support, we are restoring the mangrove forests on Biak Island. The goal of this project is to restore the degraded mangroves to bring back habitat for fisheries, protect the coastline, and bring meaningful employment to the local communities. This project will also restore critical carbon sinks that are key to mitigating climate change.