Mangroves are considered one of the best natural carbon-sequesters in the world. A healthy mangrove plant has a life span of approximately 25 years during which it will sequester on average 840 tonnes of carbon per hectare.
Mangrove restoration addresses all 17 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through restoration we will support local economies, improve biodiversity, facilitate clean water solutions, protect marine life and shelter communities from the rising waters of climate change.
The Volta River Estuary offers nearly 9,000 hectares of mangroves for conservation and restoration. This collection of island communities supports over 50,000 residents with 850,000 residents in the surrounding mainland areas.
Research indicates that water levels have been rising at an average rate of 3.1mm per year and annual erosion consumes approximately 8 meters of shoreline.
This multi-year restoration project in the Delta Estuary will restore mangroves, provide new plantings for local coconut groves, clean water filtration for the island residents, conservation education, alternate char sources for fuel and overall economic support for community residents and businesses.