This project restores and protects 1,000 hectares of highly degraded mangrove forest
Biak Island's mangrove estuaries are 75% deforested. The project employs local villagers to plant a diverse mix of mangrove species, creating both jobs and healthy ecosystems.
Biak Island is located in the center of the Coral Triangle. The reefs around Biak have some of the highest levels of biodiversity on the planet.
Regenerating Island Ecosystems with Local Communities
Problem: Poverty at the village level results in deforestation and further cycles of impoverishment.
Solution: Employ village residents to restore ecosystems and build resilient, sustainable communities.
Impact: Jobs enable people to provide food, healthcare and education to their families. Government agreements ensure permanent local control of restoration sites. Healthy mangrove forests sequester CO2 and support local marine ecosystems.
Funding: This project wouldn't exist without the financial support of forward-thinking Individuals and brands.
Each mangrove tree planted sequesters approximately 680 lbs of C02 over its lifetime.
Eden Reforestation Projects
SeaTrees has partnered with the Eden Reforestation Projects to fund local villagers on Biak Island in their effort to restore, replant, and protect the area’s unique and vital forest systems.
U.N. Sustainable Development Goals Supported:
Measuring up to the UN SDGs on Biak Island
Goal 1: No Poverty - Local villagers are hired to propagate and plant mangrove tree forests, and then guard them to maturity.
Goal 2: Zero Hunger - 10% of the trees planted are designed to meet food security needs. Jobs allow purchase of food, and ecosystem restoration increases local food supply.
Goal 3: Good Health and Wellness Reliable income increases access and the ability to afford healthcare.
Goal 4: Quality Education- Thousands of children are receiving an education as a result of their parents having a consistent income.
Goal 5: Gender Equality - Over 60% of the project's employees and leaders are women.
Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth -In addition to providing reliable income, the project encourages micro-enterprises and diversified income streams such as tourism.
Goal 13: Climate Action- Mangrove forests are one of the most effective ecosystems at capturing CO2 permanently.
Goal 14: Life Below Water Mangrove forests are essential to the health of the sea. The reproductive cycles of up to 70% of tropical fish and crustacean species occurs within the root systems of mangrove trees.
Goal 15: Life on Land - The Biak Island project plants a diverse mix of mangrove tree species, that ensures biodiversity and habitat for all local flora and fauna.