Just a short journey south of Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, the river Tembe flows into the Indian Ocean. This naturally fertile region has historically been home to vibrant swathes of coastal mangrove forests.
Unfortunately, this once-thriving ecosystem has been ravaged by exploitative forestry practices and charcoal production. However, through projects such as The Maputo Bay Reforestation Initiative, it is possible to turn things around.
The Djabissa mangrove reforestation site is located south of Mozambique’s capital city, Maputo.
Working with Eden Reforestation Projects, a global leader in sustainable reforestation, we support the local community to reforest this mangrove-lined estuary.
Supporting 10 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The reforestation initiative in Maputo Bay helps to protect coastal communities from environmental disasters, improve fisheries, remove carbon from the atmosphere and increase biodiversity while also addressing the urgent need of poverty alleviation and empowerment of women.
A worker photographed in 2019 at one of the Eden Reforestation Project's sites in Mozambique.
Mangrove reforestation was carefully chosen by us at SettleUp Earth with input from academic experts as it ensures that we can maximise the environmental impact of tree-planting.
It's crucial to consider the broader ecological impact of forestry. This means we will never support monocultures. In Mozambique fund the planting of the following species:
Mangrove ecosystems are one of the most productive and biologically diverse ecosystems in the world. What's more? Their extensive root networks protect soil from coastal erosion, reducing flood risk and supporting aquatic ecosystems as well as those above ground.
The extensive root networks of mangroves make them amongst the best land-based species for natural removal of carbon dioxide from our atmosphere. In fact, scientists believe they contain the highest carbon density of all land-based ecosystems.
Taken from the Eden Reforestation Projects site in Mozambique.
Find out why mangroves are among the most diverse ecosystems in the world.