Restoring Mangroves and Livelihoods, Aceh, Indonesia

The Banda Aceh area is still struggling with the after effects of the 2004 tsunami. All of the mangroves were lost, resulting in lack of important shade, loss of habitat for small fish and therefore food and income for the villagers and seawater now comes onto the land making it impossible to grow crops.
 
Planting Mangroves
Planting Mangroves

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The Project

Through this project, YADESA ACEH aims to address some of these issues by planting 45,000 mangrove seedlings in the Lam Guron area. 80 people will be trained by an expert in mangrove establishment and care, and will in turn supervise 468 families involved in the project. The community has offered up their own private lands in tidal areas to become community land planted with mangroves. Further inland, 400 fruit trees will be planted as a source of income.

2018 Update:  Involving in-class learning and outdoor teaching, the project is continuing by involving the younger community members in learning about mangrove lifecycles the effects of heat and how mangroves can reduce that. 35,000 mangrove saplings will be planted adjacent to those planted last year over 5.22 hectares

 
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We are hugely grateful for the support of the European Outdoor Conservation Association, without whose support we could never have realised such an ambitious project.
Hugo Tagholm, Surfers Against Sewage