Mangrove is a gift of nature
- reducing effect of global warming
and protecting life
In the FRONTLINE
for Sustainable Development
Facts on mangroves
- Mangroves mitigate up to five times more CO2 than terrestrial trees and store most of it in the ground.
- Mangroves has a vital role in protection of lives and properties in vulnerable coastal communities from tsunamis and extreme weather,
- Increasing sea food stocks with up to 50% with several other important features in adaptation to climate change.
- Mangrove forests are disappearing three times faster than rainforests with a critical level in many countries.
- Only 16% of the original mangrove forests are left in the vulnerable Delta Region of Myanmar (NASA 2013).
Mangroves represent tangible impact on the climate with 83% of carbon sequestration is by the oceans, and 50% from the shorelines by mangroves, sea grass and coral reefs. Mangroves has a vital role in protection of lives and properties in vulnerable coastal communities from tsunamis and extreme weather, increases sea food stocks with up to 50% with several other important features in adaptation to climate change. In spite of its vital role, mangrove forests are disappearing three times faster than rainforests with a critical level in many countries. It is high time to reverse this trend by increasing restoration efforts. With financial support, Myanmar has 500,000 Ha available land for restoration with capacity to mitigate over 500 million tons CO2.
Investment in blue carbon
- 2.5 millions mangrove trees planted and rescued.
- 14.5 millions more to come in partnership with supporters.
-the natural CO2 greenhouse gas mitigation
This method has been tested during millions of years and is the most cost-effective in removing CO2 climate gases from the atmosphere with permanent storage in the ground, protected by living trees above the ground.
Blue carbon includes eco-service systems and sustainable development in coastal villages with conservation of bio diversity.
Provides multiple benefits for your investment.
Civilisations have been kept alive since the dawn of time with healthy food and vital eco system services from the oceans.
Our continued existence depends on our custody of these immense resources.
A key to healthy oceans is mangrove, the only tree growing in salty water, as a buffer between land and sea. This tree filters and clean off-runs and sediments in protecting coral reefs and sea grass meadows, as well as the highest capacity of and plant on land to mitigate CO2 climate gases, up to 5 times more than rainforest trees, with permanent storage in the ground. Its eco system services are of the highest value for life on our Blue Planet.
Mangrove forests save lives and properties from extreme weather in vulnerable coastal communities. This miracle tree creates higher ground from run-offs as a protection against sea level rise. It is a great importance to the low-level Delta region, the rice bowl of Myanmar.
In spite of this, these vital forests resources disappear three times faster than rainforests, and in some countries with loss of sustainability at a critical level of total extinction.
The solution is simple
Restoring millions of Hectares in the world’s 124 countries with mangrove forests. Restoration is a reasonable investment generating values higher than restoration costs. Just a single one of these benefits; 50% increase of sea food stocks will far outweigh the amount of investment. Furthermore; values of fruit, bees honey, raw-material for medicine, sustainable production of fire wood and bio-energy, and above all: value of at carbon market which is expected to increase significantly due to UN Climate-decisions.
(Value of mangroves in Louisiana State of USA estimated to USD 1.6 billion (in relevance to potentials in Myanmar, based on 2 year’s research by US research institutions).
Achievements Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park 2012-2016
2012-15: Comprehensive research on mangrove restoration in cooperation with Pathein University, Myeik University and soil test/laboratory support by Yangon University.
2015-16: Planted and rescued 2.5 million mangrove trees. Establishment of mangrove gene bank. Nurseries for 1 million more trees to be planted in 2017 in cooperation with coastal communities.
- Sustainable development in 50 villages, projects focusing on women and children development.
- Conservation of bio diversity, endemic endangered orchids, wildlife and coral reefs in adaptation to climate change.
Target for 2022
- Complete planting of 17 million trees
- Sustainable development to more than 50 villages
- REDD+ projects
- 15 million tons CO2 during 30 years
Mangrove and CO2
"The declaration in WIF documentation that "mangroves have the ability to mitigate up to five times more C02 than rainforest trees and represents a substantial cooling effect with more than 60,000 BTU units per tree" would seem to be reasonably substantiated by related new and ongoing scientific studies such as those included in the 2014 UNEP report on the 'carbon blue' capacities of mangroves. Indeed, the respected head of the climate change cluster at UTS (and scientific member of the International Blue Carbon Initiative) Professor Peter Ralph was quoted in a November 17, 2015 Sydney Morning Herald article (Frew, 2015) as saying that 'seagrass, mangroves and salt marsh capture carbon up to 40 times faster than forests and [unlike tree carbon which can dissipate quickly] store it for thousands of years" [our parenthesis]. The conservative projections that each mature tree will have mitigated roughly a ton of C02 involves the related estimate that about 24% of this is captured by the tree and the rest in the soil. WIF further projects a 'conservative estimate' also of over 2 million tons of C02 stored in the ground (based on document analyses by Pathein University and Yangon University of 1meter deep soil tests in the park). Added to the related projection that 2 million maintained trees in the Park will at least generate 2 million tons of C02 from the growth of trees, this explains their reasonable projection that the planting of new trees as part of the sustainable rehabilitation project is a process well underway and on schedule to result in an overall figure of 4.3 million tons 'saved' by the Park as either mitigated C02 or avoided emissions."
2016 Raintrust Sustainable Venture´s validation report.