Mangrove and Guyana's Sea Defence
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Mangroves are more than just 'Courida Bush and swamps'. Together with man-made sea defence structures, mangroves provide protection for over 90% of Guyana 's population who live within the naturally low-lying flood prone areas along the coast. The coastal zone of Guyana is 430 km long and 26-77 km wide. Additionally, Guyana 's economic well-being is also tied to the safety and protection of coastal resources and land.

The entire zone lies below sea level and is protected by 370 km of sea defences, 80km of which are defensive structures that range from earthen banks to concrete walls, the rest being natural. The vulnerability of the coastal zone is made more acute by predictions of a rise in mean sea level driven by climate change.

Among several other uses, mangroves play a vital role in defending Guyana 's coastline from the rising sea level. This is particularly important for poorer communities which are most vulnerable to natural disasters.

Given the importance of mangroves for Guyana , ensuring their protection and conservation is a priority . Guyana has developed a Sea and River Defence Policy, which calls for alternative solutions to the traditional 'hard structures'. This includes the restoration of mangroves for effective flood defence, and to protect environmental resources. The construction and maintenance of man-made sea defence structures averages US$5 million per one km of Guyana 's 360 km of sea defences. Research also shows that in natural disasters (hurricane, tsunamis etc.) that communities with considerably more mangroves have reduced impacts . Making shorter term investments in restoring mangroves along with longer term monitoring will ultimately be more cost-effective and beneficial compared to other alternatives.

Our Vision

To augment Guyana's sea defence by protecting, restoring and managing the natural coastline barrier provided by our mangrove forests.

Contact Information

Guyana Mangrove Restoration Project
National Agricultural Research Institute
Agriculture Road, Mon Repos East Coast Demerara
Phone (592) 220-2843
Fax (592) 220-4481/220-2843
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