All over the world, mangrove ecosystems are under threat, disappearing at an annual rate of 1% – which could lead to mangroves being extinct within the next 100 years.
The Limpopo River Estuary is the only place in the basin where mangroves grow. The livelihoods of many rural people depend on these mangroves and the ecosystem goods and services they provide. The frequency and intensity of extreme weather events is expected to increase due to climate change, making the rehabilitation and conservation of mangrove vegetation even more important.
The USAID Southern Africa Resilience in the Limpopo River Basin (RESILIM) program partnered with the Centre for the Sustainable Use of Coastal Zones in Mozambique to work with the local communities in Xai-Xai, to replant and rehabilitate mangrove vegetation in the river estuary and raise awareness about the importance and the need for mangrove ecosystem conservation.This video explains the methodology used and shows how it is done for replication anywhere in the world.