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Rehabilitation of degraded mangrove areas: WETLANDS INTERNATIONAL, IUCN and ENDA conduct training on Rhizophora reforestation techniques on dozens of hectares in Senegal, Guinea-Bissau and Banjul

26-Sep-2013

From 16th to 21st August 2013, a team of Wetlands International Africa staff conducted training on reforestation techniques of Rhizophora for partners involved in MFS II / EA Senegal project, in the Saloum delta. As result, one hectare of mangrove has been replanted in the Sokone pilot Site.

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Everyone agrees in this area, that mangrove reforestation is a necessity hence the urgency to restore ecosystems and their services, fight against the encroachment of the river, and renew the nursery as well as spawning areas, with the ultimate goal of increasing the livelihood of the people.

Not only the beneficiaries of this training got their capacities strengthened and developed on reforestation techniques, but they were also helped to know how to choose consensual reforest sites that take into account technical, political and cultural aspects.

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Participants further got a comprehensive introduction to the choice of plant material (vision, strategy, planning etc…) and replanting techniques.

After the training, all participants recalled the need to replicate this kind of capacity building exercise each year and to pursue activities in the agenda of the Alliance as well as initiate regular joint endeavors. This, according to them, will help communities to take ownership and participate in the project monitoring.

In Guinea -Bissau & Gambia At least 60 hectares reforested in both countries by the CCLME

A total of nearly 60 hectares of mangroves were planted in the villages of Antotinha Campada Maria (Guinea -Bissau) and Sandeng in Bondali tenda (Gambia), from 31st August to 15th September 2013.

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The Demo Project No. 5 of Canary Current Large Marine Ecosystem (CCLME) facilitated the first capacity building of actors in the field of rhizophora mangrove specie reforestation, identification and validation, with partners, of the mangrove reforestation sites as well as the collection of seeds and, finally, reforestation activities. There again, Wetlands International and IUCN Africa trained the communities on the choice of quality mangrove seeds selection and surfaces to reforest, the period of reforestation, spacing and gauges (mangrove planting). Both organizations (Wetlands International and IUCN Africa) further insisted, during the training, that communities must commit themselves to the monitoring of replanted mangrove areas. It’s interesting to notice that in all these activities, communities were mobilized all along the practical training program.

Local residents expressed firm commitment to the restoration of ecosystems for their welfare. '' We thank Wetlands International and IUCN for running this project in The Gambia and Guinea -Bissau. We recognize that what we do today can benefit us in the future in terms of improving our lives and in our commitment to protecting our environment '' said Lamin Touray and Isatou Korta respectively village chief Sandeng and in charge of the women community of Bondali Tenda in The Gambia . State official technical services in both countries also participated in the activities of mangrove reforestation. Furthermore, they will monitor the said projects.

CCLME is funded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) project. It ends in 2014.

Communications and Media Coordinator

Pape Diomaye THIARE

Communications and Media Coordinator

Wetlands International Africa

Email: pthiare@wetlands-africa.org

Phone: +221 33 869 16 81

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