Skoll: Pioneering Mangrove Conservation Project Providing Decades of Income for Coastal Communities

Skoll: Pioneering Mangrove Conservation Project Providing Decades of Income for Coastal Communities
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Nov

Blue Ventures’ mangrove technical lead, Leah Glass, was interviewed by the Skoll Foundation about the launch of the world’s largest mangrove carbon conservation project – Tahiry Honko.

In a remote corner of southwest Madagascar last month, local communities launched the world’s largest mangrove carbon conservation project, sequestering a huge amount of carbon and securing an ecosystem vital to fishery health. In partnership with Blue Ventures (Skoll Awardee 2015), the communities within the Velondriake Locally Managed Marine Area have committed to protect 1,200 hectares of mangrove forest to safeguard its vast amount of stored carbon, avoiding emissions equivalent to about 3.5 million annual passenger car miles. That ecological benefit has significant value on the voluntary carbon market—funds that will flow to these climate-impacted communities to improve schools and critical infrastructure and support the running costs of the Locally Managed Marine Area. We checked in with Leah Glass, Mangrove Technical Lead at Blue Ventures, to learn more about their role in this pioneering project and the emerging ‘blue carbon’ market.

“The climate change impacts these communities face are extraordinary, and globally fisheries are being devastated. Blue carbon through local management is an unrealised value for these people.” – Leah Glass


Read the full interview from the Skoll Foundation: How a Pioneering Mangrove Conservation Project Could Provide Decades of Income for Madagascar Coastal Communities

Read the full story of the launch of the Tahiry Honko project: Communities in Madagascar launch the world’s largest mangrove carbon conservation project


 

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