Mangrove forests are a vital part of the ocean. Their thick roots help to stabilise the coastline and prevent erosion and they’re home to many species of fish, making them an essential source of food to local communities. Crucially, they also absorb carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases, stopping these harmful pollutants being released into the earth’s atmosphere.
Yet they’re amongst the most threatened ecosystems worldwide. Over recent decades alone, 50% of the world’s mangrove surface cover has been lost.
In the Dominican Republic, 20% of the population are living in extreme poverty and 80% live on the coast. However, mangrove conservation provides many benefits which help these coastal communities.
The project will restore 80 hectares of mangrove forests and develop a management plan for the Manglares del Bajo Yuna National Park, which is part of the city of Sanchez. It will also create economic opportunities by providing a strong link to the vibrant tourism sector on the island.