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Ramsar Announces Mangrove Rehabilitation Project in the Marshall Islands

16 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported on an upcoming mangrove rehabilitation and replanting project in two of the Marshall Islands' wetlands of international importance, Namdrik and Jaluit Atolls. 

According to the Ramsar Secretariat, the project aims to: increase community resilience to climate change on both atolls through restoring some of the existing degraded mangrove areas; and raise awareness of the value of mangroves conservation and restoration as a climate change adaptation measure through their role as coastal buffers and their significance for food security.

The project is expected to increase the resilience of the atolls to climate change impacts by: improving coastline protection; increasing protection to crops, gardens and communities from salt spray, storm surges and extreme events; increasing resilience to sea level rise; and providing potential sustainable aquaculture for food security.

The project is supported by the Australian Government, under its International Climate Change Adaptation Initiative (ICCAI). [Ramsar Press Release] [SPREP Press Release]