Mangrove ecosystems are under threat globally, disappearing at an annual rate of 1%. At this rate, mangroves could be extinct within the next 100 years.
In the Limpopo River Estuary, where the only mangroves in the basin are found, the livelihoods of many rural people depend on the ecosystem goods and services mangroves provide. With climate change expecting to increase the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, the rehabilitation and conservation of mangrove vegetation is more needed than ever.
The USAID Southern Africa Resilience in the Limpopo River Basin (RESILIM) program partnered with the Centre for the Sustainable Use of Coastal Zones in Mozambique to work with the local communities in Xai-Xai, to replant and rehabilitate mangrove vegetation in the river estuary and raise awareness about the importance and the need for mangrove ecosystem conservation.
This video explains the methodology used and shows how it is done for replication anywhere in the world.