Reforestation of Mangrove Forests, Sri Lanka

Project location

Bentara, Sri Lanka

Project duration and start

1 year, 2009

Project Sponsor


Project description

Mangrove forests serve an important function as a natural protective belt against coastal erosion, floods, tidal waves and storms. Current studies further show that one hectare mangrove forest absorbs approximately 3,2 tons carbon dioxide yearly, thereby helping with the breakdown of CO2 gasses.

The most important activities of the project co-ordinated by Global Nature Fund (GNF) are the establishment of mangrove nurseries, the reforestation of damaged mangrove forests and the building and management of regional environmental education centres. In 2009 Futouris supported the reforestation of 500 mangrove trees. 

Project goals

  • Reforestation and sustainable use of mangrove forests
  • Protection and preservation of mangrove forests as CO2 reducers
  • Conservation of the mangrove forests’ high biological diversity
  • Protection of important spawn areas as well as erosion- and costal protection
  • Improving the water quality in the mangrove-wetlands
  • Protection from a Tsunami’s impact
  • Creating new employment opportunities in the mangrove nurseries and environmental education centres for people in nearby communities

Reforestation will be crucial for the conservation of the ecosystem as well as the local population’s long-term livelihood.

Project partner / Project coordinator

Central Coordinator: Global Nature Fund (GNF)

Local Partner: Nagenahiru Foundation, Sri Lanka, a non-profit environmental organisation, officially recognised since 1991