New mangrove project launched in the Pacific

12 March 2013 | Article

A new five-year project to restore mangrove forests in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu was launched today by U.S. Ambassador Walter E. North. IUCN Oceania was part of this launch in PNG.

The Mangrove Rehabilitation for Sustainably Managed, Healthy Forests (MARSH) project aims to restore mangrove forests and improve the management of forested areas in the three Melanesian countries.

IUCN Oceania takes a lead role in the management and coordination of the project and will work with other partners including the Wildlife Conservation Society, The Nature Conservancy and WWF. 

The MARSH project’s main activities include: (1) providing training for community-based, sustainable mangrove forest management and mangrove reforestation; and (2) strengthening technical and scientific capacity of local universities and public institutions to conduct forest carbon monitoring, reporting and verification.

The launch included a ceremonial planting of mangroves with high-level government officials and partners.

For more information please contact Dr. Eric Verheij at eric.verheij@iucn.org