Mangrove restoration project location
CO2 Carbon Capture
On land biodiversity
Why plant mangrove trees?
Mangrove trees are one of the most efficient organic carbon storage options on the planet, holding three to five times more carbon than tropical upland forests. These trees lay deep underground roots where they store almost 75% of their carbon.
Healthy mangroves also offer jobs for coastal communities while protecting against natural events such as hurricanes.
Why support Yagasu’s mangrove restoration projects?
Yagasu has over two decades of experience running mangrove restoration projects in coastal ecosystems. From the North Island to the Interior Groves, they plant a variety of mangrove species, which were cultivated in the local nursery and imported from East Java. Planting trees not only captures lots of carbon, it also creates habitats where wildlife can thrive.
Yagasu also helps the local communities by encouraging sustainable fishing and crab farming. This means they can earn a living without relying on jobs such as cutting down trees. Yagasu also supports a women’s artisanal mangrove project, as well as a silvofishery program.
Global Mangrove Trust and Yagasu are protecting and restoring 2,305 hectares of native mangrove forest in North Sumatra, Indonesia. This is the first carbon crediting project supported on Handprint. The project covers 2,304.22 ha of land in North Sumatra and combines conservation and afforestation. The Issuance and sale of blue carbon credits funds livelihoods and social programs to align community incentives with long term husbandry of this beautiful and biodiverse, coastal habitat.
Why it matters?
Climate change is a threat to us all. And mangroves are one of our strongest allies in minimizing its impact on the planet. Working directly with the Aceh, North Sumatra, and Riau provinces, planting mangroves makes a difference by:
- Shielding areas that are prone to extreme weather, such as cyclones and tsunamis
- Protecting native wildlife which are threatened by deforestation
- Absorbing and storing more carbon than other trees
- Supporting livelihoods and the local economy while making local communities more resilient
- Balancing land and aquatic ecosystems, so plants, animals, and nutrients can move between land and sea
Yagasu’s vision is to build a green and sustainable economy that creates a better planet for all. To achieve this, they’re passionate about regenerating the environment by restoring mangroves and coastal plants.
Owner & CEO
Bambang is the Owner & Executive Director of Yagasu. He has a background in environmental sciences, forest conservation and management, wetland survey and management, animal science, and economic-development study.
Meilinda Suriani Harefa
Meilinda is an environmental fighter with 25 years of experience working for environmental organizations. In 2019, she received an award from the President of Indonesia for her mangrove restoration efforts. She went on to build YAKOPI in order to expand the ecological restoration area and improve the economy of coastal communities in an environmentally sustainable way.
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