Oceanium Mangrove Restoration Project

In 2006, Oceanium and the village of Tobor, in the Casamance, planted 65, 000 mangrove trees on a degraded plot. This experience of participatory reforestation immediately proved to be a convincing pilot. The villagers —aware that their natural resources were vanishing — were quick to mobilise following the information and coordination meetings launched by Oceanium. The pilot (with a recovery rate of 85 per cent) was also successful from an agro-forestry perspective, and its success encouraged our teams to continue the adventure. In the following year, 2007, half a million mangrove trees were planted in a dozen villages in the Casamance. In 2008, the association launched the operation "Five million mangroves" in the same region, financially supported by the Yves Rocher Foundation. A total of 6.3 million trees were planted in a period of only one and a half months. With the participation of more than 30,000 persons from 110 villages, our project showed that it reflected a genuine popular concern. As of today, more than 150 million mangrove trees have been planted in approximately 500 villages in the Sine Saloum delta and in the Casamance. This result makes it the largest effort of mangrove reforestation in the world. The project is located in the degraded mangrove lands of the Sine Saloum and Casamance deltas, at the southeast Atlantic coast of Senegal. The project activity contributes not only to environmental protection but also to socio-economic improvement in the rural area including: capacity building of local people, employment creation and increase of mangrove productivity. Several activities will take place to improve the knowledge of the local communities on environment conservation, mangrove restoration and management. During the implementation of the project, short term employment will be generated for the management of the plantations and during the monitoring process. The mangrove restoration will improve the mangrove production leading to a potential income increase for local people.






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Project Details

Project type:
Afforestation or Reforestation
Casamance, Casamance Senegal
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Project size:
10,000 hectares
Total actual emissions reductions:
150,000 tCO2e
Estimated annual emissions reductions:
[None Listed]
[None Listed]
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Standard(s) and project area certifications:
Verified Carbon Standard
Crediting period:
30 years
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Official tenure and land-use rights on the project site(s):
Land use concessions by government or private entity
Co-benefits of the project to people or ecosystems:
Targeted benefits to vulnerable and/or marginalize groups
Endangered species protection
Watershed protection
Climate change adaptation
More about the project's co-benefits:
Earned income increased community resilience Project activities improved flood/erosion control Project activities enhanced food security Habitat protection for species affected by climate change Regulated climate (e.g. more regular rainfall or fewer temperature extremes) within project area Storm protection
Drivers of deforestation or forest degradation in the project area:
Small-scale agricultural activities
Project activities that address deforestation or forest degradation:
Afforestation/Reforestation activities
Forest/land cover type:
[None Listed]
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Land use concessions by government or private entity
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