Through the Eastern Caribbean Marine Managed Areas Network, the Conservancy and partners brought together scientists, government agencies and community members, including over 400 students, to restore the severely damaged Ma Kôté mangrove forest in Saint Lucia. About 4,000 mangrove seedlings were planted and nearly 100% are now growing successfully. Ma Kôté is the largest mangrove forest in the Eastern Caribbean and protects communities along the southern coast of Saint Lucia from impacts of climate change like flooding and erosion, in addition to serving as habitat for juvenile fish. About 10% of the mangroves were dead and the damaged area was spreading due to poor water circulation issues that were addressed as part of the project. A full recovery of the forest is now expected. The Conservancy is extremely grateful for the enthusiastic participation of the community, including the many students who had so much fun learning and helping during the project, they were shouting "I love mangroves!" by the end.
This project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag.