One Tree Planted: Guatemala, San Marcos Mangrove Restoration
Written by Hollie-Beth McGregor Updated Nov 20 –
Having launched our tree planting scheme in October, and investing in our first project in November, we are ready to invest in our December project! Moving forward into 2021, we will be investing in a new project on a monthly basis. These projects will be all over the world, all with different aims. While we work on an international basis with One Tree Planted, we will continue working on a national level with Trees for Life, to support our Scottish Midton grove.
This month we have been able to fund over 1500 trees with One Tree Planted, as well as a further 53 trees to our Midton Grove, with Trees for Life.
This month, the project was chosen by the design team, and specifically Michael, who you were recently introduced to on the blog. Michael is our Sustainability Champion, making it only fitting for him to pick a project!
Michael picked a project in Guatemala, focused on mangrove restoration in San Marcos. Guatemala is a country in Central America known for its volcanic landscape and fascinating Mayan culture. In 2021, One Tree Planted aims to plant 90,000 trees in a mangrove forest, along the southwest Pacific Coast, in the municipalities of Ocos and La Blanca, in San Marcos.
Michael’s reason for choosing this project comes from the importance of mangroves. A mangrove is a shrub or small tree that grows in coastal water. These plants occur worldwide in the tropics and subtropics. These trees are essential to regional environmental stability and critical to the livelihoods of thousands of coastal people who make a living from fishing and tourism.
The San Marcos mangrove restoration focuses on having a key impact on biodiversity and habitats. Planting will occur over 45 hectares within the Manchón Guamuchal Natural Reserve—the largest remaining mangrove forest of significant biological importance to Guatemala and the region. These mangroves are threatened by activities on coastal land, such as illegal logging, deforestation in watershed regions, and solid and liquid waste pollution.
These activities cause many problems, including the disruptions to feeding and nesting areas for coastal migratory birds, increased coastal erosion, and greater vulnerability of the region to changing weather patterns. As livelihood opportunities decline with the degradation of mangrove forests, pressures on surrounding forests and ecosystems increases.
To accomplish this project, One Tree Planted plans to work with existing community-based organisational structures called Local Mangrove Roundtables, that are made up of community members and leaders. The results of this project aim to be improved ecological benefits, increased water quality, and improved climate stability.
We look forward to seeing what further projects we can donate to as we enter 2021. To find out more about One Tree Planted, go to their website https://onetreeplanted.org/, where you can donate a tree for only one dollar!