New projects to be started in Thailand, Malaysia and Sri Lanka, with Vietnam and Indonesia as the next development steps. This will more than double the mitigation impact and provide life-bearing ecosystem services to millions of people. WIF is also developing seaweed planting and harvest for human consumption and conservation of sea grass meadows with a marine protected area, in cooperation with Pathein University. Measuring blue carbon mitigation from coral reefs and planting kelp is among the new initiatives from 2021.
BLUE CARBON CLIMATE IMPACT
in support of the UN Paris Climate Agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goals. WIF cooperate with private and public partners in cost-effective offsets of carbon footprints. Our specialty is mangrove restoration and conservation with livelihoods and sustainable community development. To invest in nature is to invest in our collective future.
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Global and local impact with sustainable community development.
At an early stage of climate emergency, WIF decided to focus fully on mitigating climate change. The most urgent need is to reduce CO2 climate gases accumulated in the atmosphere. Restoring lost mangrove forests is the most cost-effective method, nature`s own solution tested for millions of years. By 2021, over 20 million high-value mangrove trees are in healthy growth, capturing and storing CO2 climate gases 5 times more than terrestrial trees. Expansion with 30 million trees in progress on 12,000 ha. Conservation on 66000 ha with million trees to be started in 2022. Target: Annual mitigation of over 1 million tons CO2 climate gases and community development in areas with over 10 million people.
”In Oceans - the cradle of life - cover 70% of the world`s surface - our lifeline at a time of climate emergency.Embrace this timely opportunity andbecome part of our success
New projects to be started
Empowering disadvantaged coastal communities under threats of accelerating sea level rise.
Mangrove – a green protective shield from cyclones and other extreme weather. Providing food security with 50% increase of seafood resources after the restoration of destructed mangrove forests.
Protecting seashores from erosion due to sea-level rise, and protecting rice and other food-producing fields in coastal areas.
Providing school-going children with solar lamps … school computer, solar roof… in changing lives from the age of darkness to the age of light. Simply with simple solar energy solutions.
50% of income from carbon sale to be invested in participatory livelihoods/sustainable development in support of UN Sustainable Development Goals in solidarity with our neighbors in our global village.
Why Blue Carbon?
Blue Carbon captured by the world’s oceans, representing more than 55% of the green carbon (captured by plants). The carbon captured by living organisms in oceans is stored in the form of sediments from mangroves, salt marshes and seagrasses. It does not remain stored for decades or centuries (like for example rainforests), but rather for millennia.
The Ocean is the most effective carbon climate mitigator, circulating 83% of global carbon. Its algae production and mangrove shorelines are vital for its contribution to climate restoration and conservation, production of seaweed, conservation of seagrass and coral reefs, and production of kelp, are all practical solutions with the highest effect on mitigation, as well as maintaining biodiversity and promoting life-bearing ecosystem services. These project activities generate substantial value for financing and carbon income. The carbon market is expanding and interest in high-value blue carbon is fast increasing.
Why is it so important?
When protected or restored, blue carbon ecosystems sequester and store carbon. When degraded or destroyed, these ecosystems emit the carbon they have stored for centuries into the atmosphere and oceans and become sources of greenhouse gases. Experts estimate that as much as 1.02 billion tons of carbon dioxide are being released annually from degraded coastal ecosystems, which is equivalent to 19% of emissions from tropical deforestation globally*.
Mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrasses are critical along the world's coasts, supporting coastal water quality, healthy fisheries, and coastal protection against floods and storms. For example, mangroves are estimated to be worth at least US$1.6 billion each year in ecosystem services that support coastal livelihoods and human populations around the world*.