Mangrove Restoration

The selection and development of sites for replanting and/or the building of protective structures are key to the successful implementation of this programme. The questions of when, where and how to plant, and what other options exist for the re-establishment of a mangrove forest, are ones that have been much studied world-wide, and which must also be considered here in Guyana.



We can summarize these steps as follow:

The use of breakwaters to protect new (or mature but eroding) stands of mangroves is of particular interest. Catastrophic losses of mangrove stands are a common occurrence. It is thought that the narrow strips of new recruits, as currently seen at Ruimzeight, situated on the West Coast of Guyana are not deep enough to either have much impact on the sea defences or to be sustainable, and protecting them from sudden erosion is an important goal.

Similarly, large tracts of mature mangroves that are being destroyed (apparently) by natural wave force can be found, and their protection should also be a high priority.

Experience with the use of breakwaters to achieve this is almost entirely lacking, and the construction of some length of breakwater and the monitoring of its effect on mangrove loss will be an important source of information on which to base future actions.



Volunteers from the community and from the Private sector assist with the planting of mangroves.

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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