Mangrove Restoration Project

Leopardus prdalis 2This comprehensive project is intended to significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions arising from the degradation and loss of mangroves in the Pacific coastal mangrove estuaries . The project will also help to restore the basis for healthy local fisheries, benefit the abundant wildlife like these ocelotes captured on a camera trap, and help grow tourism economies. We are working with a number of partners to restore the physical processes and conditions necessary for the regeneration of mangrove forests in several large areas that formerly supported healthy systems, and to protect these and other areas from future disturbances that would otherwise contribute to global climate change.

Recent Accomplishments:

In 2014 – 2016, EcoWB has engaged with its partners on the following accomplishments:

  • April, 2016 — EcoWB volunteers met in San Blas, Nayarit with representatives of Pronatura Noroeste AC, ERM, and UNAM to discuss strategies for assisting with mangrove protection and restoration. The visit included a workshop and a field trip to compare healthy and dead mangrove areas. Plans are underway for EcoWB to assist with technical assessment and monitoring,  modeling of sequestered carbon, and development of a carbon crediting program.


  • March and April, 2014  — EcoWB and SFF co-organized and attended the Second International Mangroves as Fish Habitat Symposium, as part of the Western Division American Fisheries Society meeting in Mazatlán. This conference allowed us to convene local, regional, and international experts on mangroves to set the stage for our cooperative efforts on this project.
  • April 8, 2014 – Presentation on this project at the symposium.
  • April 9, 2014 – Hosted strategy meeting to coordinate the project with representatives of UNAM, CONAFOR, Pronatura Noroeste, World Wildlife Mexico, Universidad Autonoma de Sinaloa, and the University of Oregon.
  • April 10, 2014 – Field trip to Sinaloa mangroves with UNAM scientists to explore various mangrove restoration and assessment techniques.
  • September, 2014 – Present – EcoWB volunteer Phil Howell, retired from U.S. Forest Service, has taken the lead on Objective 1, developing the technical aspects of the remote sensing of mangroves. He has built a partnership with the U.S. Forest Service’s Remote Sensing Applications Center. RSAC is writing a protocol and will assist in remote sensing of mangroves.
  • November, 2014 – January, 2015 – Negotiated and signed an MOU between EcoWB, SFF, and Pronatura Noroeste that committed the three parties to work together on mangrove restoration in Sinaloa and Nayarit, Mexico.
  • January – February, 2015 – Wrote a Concept Paper (final draft is attached) for submission by Pronatura Noroeste to USAID for a grant to implement the two objectives plus a number of other mangrove restoration tasks. (This was partly based on USAID’s interest in a previous full proposal we submitted to them in 2012.)
  • Ongoing – Monthly calls with ERMers who are volunteering their time on the project, particularly in developing the details on the two project objectives. ERMers completed a detailed review of the major global carbon crediting programs to identify the program best suited to mangrove carbon crediting.

Our Partner Organizations:

Sustainable Fisheries Foundation — Project management and technical input

ERM and the ERM Foundation– Strategic planning and technical assistance

Pronatura Noroeste AC – Coordination with local, regional, and federal stakeholders, as well as eventual on-the ground guidance for implementation of restoration

UNAM – Technical and scientific guidance on mangrove assessment and ecology, as well as local fisheries expertise

U.S. Forest Service, RSAC – Technical assistance on remote sensing and ground-truthing

Forest Trends – Relationship building and technical guidance on carbon crediting

University of Oregon – Technical and strategic guidance on mangrove ecology and carbon crediting