ATA’A COASTAL COMMUNITIES ENGAGED IN MANGROVE PLANTING

Mangrove trees. Photo credit: www.leisurepro.com

Mangrove trees. Photo credit: www.leisurepro.com

Coastal communities in Ata’a, North Malaita, will soon engage in mangrove planting as part of keeping their mangroves ecosystem.

The community members were trained and informed on matters relating to climate change, food security and other related issues.

This was made possible through the “Strogem Waka lo Community for Kaikai” (SWoCK) project, funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

SWoCK Project Coordinator based in Ata’a, Mike Tago told SIBC they are now ready to plant one hundred mangrove trees.

“One hundred nursery bags have been produced during the training and when they are ready we will transport them to the worst affect sites of our mangrove plantation, so actually we have already started.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Tago says people in his community are now well-informed about the importance of keeping their mangroves.

“After lots of awareness, assurance and courses about climate change as well as food security my community and the people here now understand what benefits there are in a mangrove ecosystem. People are starting to realise that though mangroves are a priority for living they would have to take care of it as keeping the mangrove ecosystem is very important.”

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