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Alternatives to mangrove degradation and improvement of women well-being

OPED
Published: 30 March 2016
Last edited: 28 March 2019
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Summary

Focused on women-led restoration of the degraded mangroves of the Equatorial African Rainforest, OPED is transforming the local fishing industry by providing energy-efficient alternatives to cutting down trees to smoke fish, a primary driver of mangrove forest loss in the region. New processing techniques are ensuring the regeneration and conservation of local mangrove forests while reducing the amount of time spent foraging for wood, as well as the frequency of respiratory illness.

Classifications

Region
West and Central Africa
Scale of implementation
National
Ecosystem
Mangrove
Marine and coastal ecosystems
Theme
Adaptation
Ecosystem services
Fisheries and aquaculture
Outreach & communications
Challenges
Land and Forest degradation
Climate Challenges (Hazards)
Unsustainable harvesting incl. Overfishing
Ecological Challenges
Ecosystem loss
Lack of alternative income opportunities
Economic Challenges
Lack of public and decision maker’s awareness
Social Challenges
Lack of food security
Unemployment / poverty
Aichi targets
Target 6: Sustainable management of aquatic living resources
Target 10: Ecosystems vulnerable to climate change
Target 14: Ecosystem services

Location

Kribi, Cameroon, Central Africa

Challenges

Reduce human pressure on mangroves and increase women resilience. Cameroon loses more than 3,000 ha of mangroves per year out of a total surface of approximately 200,000 ha (ca. 1.1%), according to UNEP's report on the state of mangroves in Western Africa (2007, for 1980-2006). Statistics attribute 80% of mangrove losses to fish smoking practices, which are the main subsistence activity of women in the Cameroonian coastal zone.

Beneficiaries

Women living in mangrove areas

Impacts

Only available in French. To read this section in French, please download the document "Blue Solution Template in French: ‘Alternative à la dégradation des mangroves et mieux-être des femmes’” from the bottom of this page, under 'Resources'.

Story

Only available in French. To read this section in French, please download the document "Blue Solution Template in French: ‘Alternative à la dégradation des mangroves et mieux-être des femmes’” from the bottom of this page, under 'Resources'.

Contributed by

Jonas Kemajou Syapze Organisation pour l’Environnement et le Développement Durable (OPED)

Other contributors

Organisation pour l’Environnement et le Développement Durable (OPED)