Why Mangroves Are Among The Most Valuable Species in the World

How rehabilitation of Haiti’s northern mangrove ecosystems is protecting at-risk coastal communities against natural shocks

USAID
USAID
Jul 10 · 4 min read
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Red mangroves grow in Baie de Fort Liberte in Haiti. / © Jean Wiener for FOPROBIM
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Chabannon resident Junior François with a mangrove seedling he transplanted. /
Moralus Joseph, USAID Reforestation Project

“Back in the day, there used to be a lot of mangroves here. It was easy to find fish, and birds on the branches. However, for several years we have not seen that,” said Junior.

He has seen a steep decline as people cut down the mangroves for charcoal production. USAID, through its partnership with the Foundation for the Protection of Marine Biodiversity (FoProBiM), has helped reverse this trend. Together, through USAID’s Reforestation Project, over 40,000 new mangroves were transplanted to deforested sections of nearby mangrove forests in the communes of Limonade and Caracol.

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Mangrove seedlings are grown in nurseries before being planted along the coast to protect against erosion. / © Jean Wiener for FOPROBIM
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Junior and other members of FoProBIM envision positive outcomes if the rehabilitation of mangroves continues and mangrove species remain protected./
Moralus Joseph, USAID Reforestation Project

“You used to see 15 bags of charcoal made with mangroves here and now you do not see that many anymore. For me, this is a sign that we are having a huge impact on people’s lives,” Junior says.

Rehabilitation of mangrove habitats in the country’s coastal zones will continue. To promote the long-term sustainability of these efforts, USAID has partnered with Haiti’s National Agency for Protected Areas to protect endangered mangrove ecosystems.


About the Authors

Mariama Cire Keita is the Chief of Development, Outreach and Communications for USAID’s Mission in Haiti. Oscar Jacob is with USAID Reforestation Project Communications.

U.S. Agency for International Development

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