This first of its kind approach in South America aims to create 50 hectares of mangrove habitats in the Gulf of Guayaquil, Ecuador through the reuse of dredged materials.
Dredging is used to clear away sediment deposits that have accumulated in lakes, rivers, channels, and harbours around the world.
A sustainable solution for people and planet
How BNCFF supports
With the support of BNCFF, the project will conduct an extensive feasibility assessment to determine the appropriate site for the potential implementation of the demonstration project, as well as the ecological conditions needed for reusing dredging sediment material. The goal is to develop and restore mangrove habitats and to investigate whether the undertaking can meet carbon certification requirements; this is a key first step towards attracting further investment in the project and eventually trading carbon credits in the voluntary market.
By reclaiming lands using dredging materials for mangrove afforestation, the project aims to create a natural carbon sink, which also protects coastlines from extreme weather events. New mangrove forests create habitats for local biodiversity, and at the same increasing the natural resilience of coastal ecosystems.
Mangroves improve the resilience of coastlines to erosion and provide a natural barrier preventing marine surges from destroying human infrastructures. These coastal ecosystems can also provide various ecosystem services, for example natural water filtration, provide a habitat in support of commercially viable fishing activities.
By re-using dredging sediment material, companies active in this sector can support the development and restoration of mangrove habitats, while generating profit from blue carbon credits. This project will help set the standards and show good business practices in the use of dredging sediments to restore coastal environments sustainably and cost effectively.