OneTreePlanted's Mangroves planting project aims to restore mangrove forests to protect vulnerable communities from rising sea levels and storm surges while also preventing soil erosion.
OneTreePlanted are mainly focused on planting Avicennia alba, a mangrove species that can withstand about 5 hours of submergence in salty water. Along with the upper and soil-stabilized sites, we will be planting Sonneratia apetala with a variety of other species. Both of these species have lateral roots that aid in the resistance of water impact to lower tidal currents.
We chose the Mangroves project because Mangroves play a vital part in our tropical and subtropical ecosystems. They protect our coastlines, keep our beaches beautiful, restore biodiversity in marine ecosystems, and store 5 to 10 times more carbon than land ecosystems. However, like many other tree species, mangroves are at risk. Some estimate that approximately 1% of our mangroves are lost yearly, posing a major threat to coastline communities.
Mangrove coastal forests provide vital protection for millions of peoplefrom climate change impacts, cyclones, tidal surges, and coastal erosion. Planting mangroves will help protect the natural embankments of river mouths, thus restoring the aquatic environment, and ultimately restoring ecological balance. Our mangrove restoration projects typically occur throughout Asia and Latin America where these trees are native and can thrive, including in Costa Rica, The Philippines, India, Haiti, and Guatemala.