Conservation and Restoration
The Canopy Project Bangladesh
The Canopy Project – Mangroves in Bangladesh
This project will grow 100,000 saplings in roughly 10 hectares of land located along the shores of the local village where boating is the main mode of transportation. Planting will green up Char Lands (islands within the river channel/estuary or attached land to the riverbanks) and restore eroded mangroves.
Planting will bind the soil on the embankments, making it easier for locals to launch boats from shore while creating a habitat for crab, fish, and shrimp populations. Increase of local marine life also helps drive local earnings in the fishing industry.
The area comprises the villages of Banishanta union under the Dacope sub-district of Khulna district of Bangladesh. This area lies near the world’s single large mangrove forest, the Sundarbans, home to Royal Bengal Tiger and many other endangered species. Local species rely heavily on the mangrove forests in all aspects of their lives.
Planting efforts will primarily focus on trees Some of the mangrove being planted include Sunder Mangrove (Heritiera fomes) and the Mangrove Apple (Sonneratia caseolaris) , all species planted are native tropical and mangrove species well adapted to the region. Plantings are both salt and flood-tolerant, guaranteeing they will be long lasting additions to the area.
On top of plantings, education on the dangers of illegal poaching and timber farming, EARTHDAY.ORG and its partners are helping contribute to these communities It is estimated that the average annual carbon sequestration rate for mangroves averages between 6 to 8 Mg CO₂ e/ha (tons of CO₂ equivalent per hectare). These rates are about two to four times greater than global rates observed in mature tropical forests. The potential carbon sequestering capacity created through this project would be 600 to 800 Mg CO₂e/ha (tons of CO₂ equivalent per hectare).
This project directly benefits roughly 60 families comprising of over 300 people. Many of these benefitting directly are women and other vulnerable populations.
On July 26, 2022, also known as World Mangrove Day, an inauguration was held by the local community for the planting site.
June to August 2022
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