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The Pilot Sites currently considered within the plan include Mon Repos, Hope Beach, and Ruimzeight in Region Three, where one of the most significant examples of natural regeneration can be found.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND PUBLIC AWARENESS


Educating the Guyanese public is an important aspect of the Mangrove Restoration Project.

 The success of the project will be determined by the level of involvement, support for and ownership of the process by local communities. Much of this is dependent on a strategic and sustained approach to community development and public awareness.

Much therefore depends on the success of public awareness and education campaigns. The recognition of the vital roles that mangroves play; the extraordinary environment to which they have adapted and their vulnerability to external pressures, should become part of the Nation's consciousness. As this understanding grows, and a sense of shared national responsibility fostered, the work of restoration and protection will be made easy.

The Project works along with various community groups and facilitates community discussions, youth group sessions and community events.

WHAT COMMUNITIES SAY MATTER?
Getting the mangrove message out to fishermen


The project values community input and in 2010, during the initial stages of project implementation, several consultations were held with coastal communities from RegionOne
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Several major issues were identified by communities and these ranged from the general lack of awareness of the laws that relates to mangrove and seashore areas, citizens' responsibilities and alternatives to activities that affect mangroves.

Several recommendations were made to deal with mangrove cutting, livestock grazing and hauling of boats in mangrove areas.

As a result of the region-wide community consultations, the Project conducts targeted discussion sessions with various community groups (fishermen, livestock owners, Beekeepers among others) to provide clarifications and to find potential solutions when they are directly affected by the project.

 
WORKING WITH BEES!
Colin and Carlotta De Jesus produce mangrove honey in Victoria mangroves

As part of its sustainable livelihoods interventions, the project has engaged coastal Beekeepers, especially those with hives near mangroves, as stakeholders who will help to managed and monitor mangrove sites.

The Project will assist few small-scale Beekeepers with marketing of their honey from areas which are to be identified from along the coast. Along with the Beekeeper Association, the Project will also assist with labels and bottling of the final product.


 
YOUTH ARE TOMORROW'S MANGROVE SAVIOURS!

Ranger educates youths about Mangroves and their importance (August 2010).

Paul talks about the importance of mangroves to youth from Hope Beach (August 2010).


Engaging children and youth is necessary because behavioural change takes several years. Similar to working with the adult community members, children and youth will come to recognise the value of mangroves, not only for sea defense, but also of their immense environmental importance, and for the need to manage coastal zone resources likemangroves. The Project uses a number of interactive activities which involves youth camps and seminars, poster competitions, community service projects which includes clean-ups and beautification activities.



 

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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