A year of rapid growth
Ready to scale
The biggest land area that became available for planting in 2018 is on newly formed 47,000 Ha of mudflats. These are located in Yangon, Bago and Mon State regions, home to over 10 million people. Discussions are in progress with potential partners for funding. Mangrove trees will function as protective shields from cyclones and other extreme weather, as well as reducing dangers of shoreline erosion due to sea level rise. Based on experience from existing projects, substantial increase in seafood production is among several other advantages benefitting the communities.
In cooperation with coastal communities, WIF has been awarded the right to 24,000 Ha of mangrove areas in Yangon. This land was granted by the Chief Minister of Yangon region. In response, WIF and WeForest collaborated to establish a nursery capable of producing 420,000 seedlings per year. In 2018, 2.2 million trees were planted in Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park on 2,200 Ha. This number is expected to rise to 9.5 million trees in 2019 to complete the VCS project.
9,5 million mangroves
Capable to produce 420,000 sedlings a year
In Yangoon, Bago and Mon State
The amazing tale
of resurrected forests
Satellite pictures have reveiled an amazing natural phenomenon outside coastal are as in the Gulf of Mattama in Myanmar; 47,000 Ha of new land emerging from the sea. 43 islands have been formed by soil washed out from deforestated areas. Exposed to heavy rain, the land has been bleeding its fertile soil into rivers which is pushed back by the tide and has been slowly building up new land.
This miracle of nature is now ready for new life. The islands have already developer a green cap with grass, signalling readiness for embracing trees in their fertile soil. It is time for replanting. In this environment touched by salty tide twice a day, the only trees that grow are mangroves. Mangroves will function as a green wall that protects the shoreline and provides a solution to climate change in support of the Paris Climate Agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goals:
Development of the mud flats will create sustainable development for the communities with additional income from natural carbon capture and storage, estimated to over 80 million tons CO2 climate gases.