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17FEB
2017
NEWS / VIDEO: Mangroves for improved climate resilience
Category: International Development

 

Image: Aerial view, extreme long shot, looking down as the Limpopo River winds its way through Southern Mozambique. Photo by Carey Humphries, US Military (public domain).

 

 

All over the world, mangrove ecosystems are under threat, disappearing at an annual rate of 1% - which could lead to mangroves being extinct within the next 100 years.

The Limpopo River Estuary is the only place in the basin where mangroves grow. The livelihoods of many rural people depend on these mangroves and the ecosystem goods and services they provide. The frequency and intensity of extreme weather events is expected to increase due to climate change, making the rehabilitation and conservation of mangrove vegetation even more important.

The USAID Southern Africa Resilience in the Limpopo River Basin (RESILIM) program partnered with the Centre for the Sustainable Use of Coastal Zones in Mozambique to work with the local communities in Xai-Xai, to replant and rehabilitate mangrove vegetation in the river estuary and raise awareness about the importance and the need for mangrove ecosystem conservation.This video explains the methodology used and shows how it is done for replication anywhere in the world.

 

Mangrove Conservation for Improved Climate Resilience in the Limpopo River Basin from RESILIM Program on Vimeo.

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