Goal 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
Goal 13 Climate Action
Mangrove forests are among the most important ecosystems on earth, but also one of the most severely threatened. In the last 50 years, 50% of the world’s Mangrove forests have disappeared with a continuing decline of 1% each year as a result of climate change, pollution, deforestation and other human interference to the natural environment.
The importance of the Mangroves cannot be underestimated. The forest forms the habitat for thousands of species, protects the land from damage with its root systems and absorbs carbon from the atmosphere, helping to address climate change. Mangroves also play a vital role in the survival of coastal communities. The forest forms a natural bio-shield against the elements, while the many species of fish are an essential source of food and a cornerstone in building and sustaining the fishing industry.
Preserving the Mangrove forests is a huge priority. In the Philippines reforesting efforts are underway but the sapling survival rates have been low. To help make a difference, the Connected Mangroves project by Ericsson and its mobile network partner Smart Communication has been introduced after a very successful trial in Malaysia.
Rewards of reforestation
Join us in both the Philippines and Malaysia where we discover how Connected Mangroves has helped the local community to learn what the budding trees need to maintain healthy growth thanks to mobile technology. Whilst it’s early days for the project in the Philippines, hopes are high. In Malaysia the sapling survival rate doubled thanks to the program. With reforestation projects like Connected Mangroves being hailed as one of the critical solutions to climate change, this is an incredible achievement.
Philippines 12.8797° N, 121.7740° E
Malaysia 4.2105° N, 101.9758° E