Mangroove afforestation & restoration in Bangladesh
A significant percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are caused by forest destruction and poor agricultural practices. Boosting carbon sequestration in the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) sector is an effective approach to reduce and remove emissions. Verra is one of the most widely used standards in the-Afforestation, Reforestation and Revegetation (ARR) sector. Through afforestation and reforestation of degraded mangrove habitat we plan to establish and maintain a sustainably managed mangrove ecosystem for carbon sequestration, natural disaster risk reduction, poverty reduction with sustainable livelihoods in the coastal communities.
Background of Project
Mangroves are one of the earth’s most important ecosystems and serve many critical functions: buffering coasts from storm surges, preventing coastal erosion, filtering water, storing carbon, serving as a vital habitat for a great number of species, and providing food and livelihoods for local communities. Fifty percent of the world’s mangroves have disappeared in the past 40 years, according to UNESCO, and continue to be destroyed and degraded by about 1% per year. At this rate, scientists predict that mangroves may be completely gone by the year 2100 unless action is taken now to protect and restore them.
The project comprises of 5000 ha of mangrove planting in the Noa Khali, Bhola and Lakshmipur regions of Bangladesh. The project provides estimated total emission reduction of 4million in ten years. Adopted methodology is AR-AM0014.
The benefits from the programme include improved biodiversity and habitats. In addition it also improves food security by reducing danger of erosion and salt intrusion in low lying agricultural land due to rising sea level. It assures carbon sequestration in trees and soil. It creates development fund for livelihood and sustainable development programme for the community. There is also substantial increase in sea level resources thereby contributing to the livelihood of the local communities. It also aids in increased income for the community through sale of carbon credits.