The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is looking to embark on an initiative to battle the effects of climate change through mangrove restoration. Belize is home to three species of mangroves, namely the red, black and white. According to the Senior Director of WWF, Nadia Bood, mangroves act as carbon sinks that reduce the acidity in the waters and absorb excess carbon from the atmosphere. She says the WWF and the Government of Belize are looking to raise the targets of restoration and protection of mangroves.
Nadia Bood, Senior Program Officer, World Wildlife Fund: “Within that there are science based targets for restoration of mangroves and protection of mangroves and so with our work we are hoping to do do the research and build the capacity so that we can then start to replicate restoration of mangroves across Belize’s coastline to help Belize as a country meet those targets. A little less than 13,000 hectare of mangroves protected so the target is to almost try to double that by designating a further 12,000 hectares of mangroves bringing up to a little less than 25,000 by 2030.”