Why These Islanders are Planting Trees in the Sea

Coastal communities in Solomon Islands restore marine ecosystems with mangroves

Veronica Fetiasia of Oibola, Solomon Islands plants a mangrove propagule. Photo: Merinda Valley
Benjamin Waleilia. Photo: Merinda Valley
On the water in the Langalanga Lagoon, Malaita Province. Photo: Merinda Valley
Mangrove roots trap sediment as the tides ebb and flow, building up the coastline. Photo: Merinda Valley

Detrimental daily use

Women bring firewood from the dingale mangrove to their homes in the Langalanga Lagoon, Malaita Province. Photo: Merinda Valley
The fruit of the koa ania mangrove is peeled to make a staple food. Photo: Merinda Valley

Restoration from the roots

Odugalo and Waleilia say direct planting is more effective than nursery techniques. Photo: Merinda Valley
The island where Odugalo and Waleilia began replanting mangroves in 2010. Photo: Merinda Valley

Conservation continues

New mangrove plantings during high tide in Oibola, Malaita Province. Photo: Merinda Valley

Navigating between my Solomon Islands and U.S. homelands. Writing about the culture and the coconuts.

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