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with Snehakunja in India

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Restore Forests

with KENVO in Kenya

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Restore Corals

with Livingseas in Indonesia

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Why restoring the Myristica wetlands matters locally?

Myristica swamps in India’s Western Ghats are a unique ecosystem, vital for biodiversity and important for carbon sequestration, climate regulation and water management. These wetlands, characterized by Myristica trees, are home to several critically endangered species such as the Lion-tailed macaque, White-bellied treepie, and the Great Indian hornbill. These species are found nowhere else in the world and their survival is closely linked to the preservation of Myristica swamps.

Carbon sequestration and climate regulation are another reason to restore these ancient swamps. These wetlands sequester large amounts of carbon, which helps mitigate climate change. Additionally, they help regulate local climate by reducing the amount of solar radiation reaching the ground, which can help mitigate the effects of heat waves.

Water management and flood control are additional benefits of restoring Myristica swamps. These wetlands act as natural water filters, purifying water and preventing soil erosion. Additionally, they act as natural sponges, absorbing and slowly releasing water, which can help reduce the risk of flooding. This makes Myristica swamps an important tool for managing water resources and reducing the impact of floods in the region.

Why support Snehakunja?

Snehakunja Trust, established in 1976, has been protecting sensitive wetland and coastal ecosystems in the Western Ghats and the Karnataka coast for 45 years. With a focus on community-based restoration and conservation, the organization provides essential solutions to the climate crisis.

It has supported hundreds of self-help groups and village forest committees to sustainably manage resources based on traditional knowledge, implement natural farming techniques, use clean energy, promote entrepreneurship, and provide community health services. The restoration and protection of freshwater swamps and evergreen forests safeguards endangered species, keeps significant carbon sinks intact, and maintains critical aquifers for Indigenous communities. The Trust has also restored 375 hectares of mangroves and is currently piloting the first blue carbon project in India. In recognition of their efforts, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) awarded them the 2021 Equator Prize.

Why restoring these wetlands matter globally

The ancient Myristica wetlands are home to a variety of plant and animal species that are not found anywhere else in the world. However, due to human activities such as deforestation and land conversion, these swamps are now under threat and are considered to be one of the most endangered ecosystems in India.

Habitat restoration is crucial in ensuring the survival of these unique wetlands and the biodiversity they support. Efforts to restore and protect these swamps can help to safeguard endangered species, maintain important carbon sinks, and provide critical water resources for indigenous communities. By working to restore these ancient ecosystems, we can help to ensure that the unique biodiversity they contain is not lost forever.

Additionally, the Myristica swamps play a key role in mitigating the effects of climate change. They possess higher potential to store carbon than nearby non-swamp forests in the Western Ghats and can help to reduce the disastrous impacts of climate change, including flooding and storm surges. It is important to support organizations such as Snehakunja Trust in India which focus on community-based restoration and conservation of these wetlands and their unique biodiversity.

Project Managers

Nelson Kenvo

Nelson Muiru

Director

I am a development officer by profession with more than 12 years experience in environmental conservation and community development programs, motivated by tangible impact (benefits to community and biodiversity) due to my humble efforts in these fields.

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Project Stats

  • CO2 Carbon Capture

  • 90
  • On land biodiversity

  • 80
  • Underwater biodiversity

  • 90
  • Social Impact

  • 60
  • Gender equality

  • 60

Why agroforestry matters locally?

KENVO’s engages the Kereita Forest adjacent communities directly in restoring their forest, paying them for growing local tree seedlings and co-creating agroforestry initiatives with them. Their extensive tree-planting schemes and agroforestry initiatives have helped to reduce communities’ dependence on the forest for their livelihoods. By educating the local community and promoting eco-friendly practices, they have been able to reduce negative impacts on the forest such as charcoal burning. 

The organization has been able to achieve measurable changes in the areas of high biodiversity, particularly in Kereita Forest. KENVO regularly monitors the forest’s birds, wildlife, and vegetation. They have observed a significant increase in the number of important tree species, such as the Red Stinkwood, which has medicinal properties and is highly important to the indigenous people of the Kikuyu Escarpment. Additionally, the forest is home to at least 120 bird species, including endangered species such as Abbott’s starling, leading to the forest being classified as an Important Bird Area by Bird Life International.

Why KENVO?

KENVO is a highly experienced and award-winning organization founded in 1996, with a focus on conservation efforts in the Kereita Forest in Kenya. They have successfully educated local communities and reduced practices such as charcoal burning, and have been recognized for their efforts with the prestigious Equator Prize in 2008.

They work closely with rural communities of Kijabe to promote sustainable eco-friendly businesses and agroforestry to protect the biodiversity of the area. Their work has led to measurable improvements in the forest, including a rise in important tree and bird species, as well as reducing dependence on the forest for livelihoods.

Why it matters?

Yagasu is working together with the local community in Aceh, North Sumatra, and Riau province to increase resilience of the most vulnerable communities and reduce emissions from land-use change. This is a rich forest area with twisting tidal rivers, numerous wading birds, forest animals, and amphibians.

While diverse with plant life, mangroves are at the heart of this forest, performing critical functions to keep the forest alive. Sadly, rampant deforestation has put this area under threat from frequent flooding due to stormwater, coastal erosion, and loss of habitat for numerous non-human animal and plant life.

This mangrove deforestation has also led to loss of ecosystem resources that support livelihoods, secure nutritious food supply, and secure freshwater supply (by preventing saltwater intrusion) for members of the local community.

Project Managers

bamgbang

Bambang Suprayogi

Owner & CEO

I am the Owner & Executive Director of Yagasu. I have an academic background in environmental sciences, forest conservation and management, wetland survey and management, animal science, and economic-development study.

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Meilinda Suriani Harefa

Programme Director

I have 25 years of experience working for environmental organisations and have received an award from the President of Indonesia as an environmental fighter in 2019 for efforts to carry out mangrove restoration. I built YAKOPI to expand the ecological restoration area and improve the economy of coastal communities in an environmentally sustainable way.

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Why coral reef restoration matters locally

Some refer to coral reefs as the “rainforests of the ocean” because of their importance to marine ecosystems. Even though coral reefs make up only one-tenth of the ocean, 25% of all known marine species live there. According to the World Resources Institute, coral reefs generate about $1.6 billion for the Indonesian economy yearly.

However, increased global warming, ocean acidification and over-fishing are causing a decline in coral reefs across the world. This may lead to irreversible damage to the marine ecosystems that so many species, including humans, depend on.

Why support Livingseas’ coral reef restoration projects

Livingseas is building a thriving coral reef ecosystem by constructing, installing, and monitoring coral reef stars. These coral reef stars are made with biodegradable materials and each of them hosts 18 baby corals.

Livingseas’ operations are guided by these 3 principles:

  • A portion of funds per coral goes to supporting a local, women-first marine conservation fellowship program.
  • Uses the latest marine knowledge to determine the best coral species to plant, and where to plant them.
  • Planting corals decreases coastal hazards and increases fisheries. It also supports local jobs in the tourism industry.

Why restoring coral reefs matters globally

About 40% of the world’s population lives within 100 kilometres of the coast facing the increased risk of coastal hazards – stormwater, tidal waves, tsunamis etc – due to the effects of global warming. Coral reef restoration projects can protect humans from these risks by reducing wave energy by 97%. In addition, about 25% of all marine life are dependent on coral reefs at some point in their life cycle. 

Livingseas’ main project is situated in Padangbai. The coral population in this area has declined drastically and the coast faces an increased storm risk. Coral reefs are necessary to maintain an ecosystem that sustains local tourism and fisheries. 

Livingseas also runs a quarterly fellowship program which provides training to members of the local community which guarantees their involvement in maintaining the coral reefs for the long term.
 

 

Project Managers

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Leon Boey

Founder

Leon has been a diver for over 15 years and travelled all over the world to do what he loves. He started learning about corals by joining other projects in 2009. However, it was in 2015 in Bali that he decided to start developing the Livingseas project. Leon has been recognized as a local hero thanks to his work with coral restoration projects.

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Albert Tamin

Albert moved to Bali to become a dive professional at Livingseas. He has been involved with Livingseas’ work in coral regeneration since 2019.

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Celine

Celine is a Marine science undergraduate student at Udayana University, Bali. For her, Livingseas is the first door of opportunity in learning about marine conservation. Her personal mission is to become a presenter for a National Geographic show on Coralogy after building expertise with Livingseas.

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