By Jean-Pierre Rennaud, General Delegate of Livelihoods Venture
After a one hour journey by boat through the mangroves, from Medan harbor where we started, the sound of water and the engine is gradually replaced by music and songs. About a thousand locals, young people and officials were there, excited to start planting the first seedlings of the Livelihoods mangrove project.
The seedlings were brought from the nursery where they had reached the germination process after five weeks … they waited, they were waiting to start a “new life”.
We decided to get involved in this project. By participating in community meetings, we have started to better understand the needs of these people to restore their ecosystem of life.
We decided for these reasons to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Yagasu in April 2011 for three years. In this time period, we will begin the eligibility program for registered carbon project on mangrove planting on a total area of 5000 ha.
When planting mangrove, people know that they participate in the regeneration of the fish ponds. The strong partnership between Yagasu now, local communities, authorities and Livelihoods will certainly contribute to a significant change for all.
Before leaving, Guillaume and I left this message:
We will be back to see the first fishes and crabs move in the mangrove. We hope that within twenty years, we will be back as well and the restored mangrove will remain intact and viable for your children.
Jean-Pierre Rennaud,General Delegate, Livelihoods Venture
YaGaSu, or the Sumatra Elephant Foundation, is a national NGO that was founded in 2001. Its work focuses on elephants, the habitat (for example coastal rehabilitation) and people’s livelihoods. Its operations started in Banda Aceh in August 2002. It has been involved in livelihoods since 2006 as a result of the vast need in this area following the tsunami. Find out more on this NGO here.
Find out more about the livelihoods venture on their website.
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Photo : « Young people plant mangrove seed » © Jean-Pierre Rennaud