Mangrove reforestation project
At copier King we are proud business partners with Toshiba who, along with CO2 balance are running a carbon zero scheme which has incredible benefits for our environment and the people in it. One such project is concentrating on Kenyan mangrove reforestation and is helping to re develop the valuable ecosystems by replenishing lost or destroyed mangrove forests along the Mombasa Estuary.
As well as mitigating considerable levels of CO2, the forests provide a valuable source of income to locals. This project has seen the regeneration of large areas of mangrove forests that have been lost through harvesting, changing climates and land clearance for farming and tourism. With more than 35% of the world’s mangroves already gone mangrove forests are one of the world’s most threatened tropical ecosystems. However, these forests play an essential part in the global eco-system: from land preservation to farming and high-level carbon mitigation.
Alongside planting of saplings, an education programme has been developed for locals to encourage preservation and sustainable use of the forest's resources.
The replantation of mangroves has:
Helped in the mitigation of a considerable amount of CO2
Provided protection of current environments from costal erosion
Improved fishing opportunities through providing a safe environment for a large variety of fish species, crab, shrimp and molluscs
Provided a source of strong timber and plant products. As mangrove wood is resistant to rot and insects it extremely valuable to locals
Encouraged local habitats to develop, such as African Bees that provide honey for harvesting