The Mangrove Project
Propagating mangroves and restoring our marine ecosystem.

In their heyday, mangrove forests could be found along most coastlines in Mauritius. As of 2007, the total area of mangroves in Mauritius was about 23 hectares only. We are changing that, one propagule at a time!

The mangrove ecosystem.

Mangroves offer a bounty of benefits. During storms, they act as natural buffers against the sea, protecting homes and lives by absorbing wave surges. By trapping sediments, mangroves help slow down land erosion, a serious problem for agricultural and property development.

The livelihoods of local fishermen are often staked to the health of mangroves, as they provide habitats for aquaculture catches such as crabs and shrimps, nursery grounds for 70% of commercially caught fish, and act as a critical force in balancing the flow of nutrients out to sea that enable nearby coral reefs to thrive.


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Mangrove propagation in Mauritius

Since 2012, under the supervision of the Ministry of Fisheries and Rodrigues, we have planted around 16,200 mangroves in the south-east of the island. With the help of our amazing volunteers and support from local communities, our campaign continues…

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Our mangrove forests are quickly disappearing. New hotels can now be found in regions that were once covered with mangroves …
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Mangrove Plantation At Providence

While we were on our way to Providence, it was the usual Sunday scene that unveiled in front of us: …
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Collecting Mangrove Propagules

Plastic bags,boots,caps,solar cream and mosquito repellent; we were well armed and thrilled to write another chapter in ELI Africa’s history …
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