To properly address the rehabilitation of mangrove through replanting affected areas, the Global Climate Change Alliance Suriname Adaptation Project (#GCCA +), funded by the European Union (#EU), in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and other government partners, designed the project in 2019, "Promoting Sustainable Livelihood through the Utilization of Permapiculture for Mangrove Rehabilitation in Coastal Communities in Suriname”, to ensure that beekeepers are provided with new methods to ensure the continuation of honey production in a resilient manner.
The rehabilitation of mangrove forest can be increased in an innovative way through Permapiculture. A new approach where Permapiculture is linked to the rehabilitation of mangrove forests is based on the idea that increased pollination of mangrove flowers by bees, will significantly increase the production of mangrove seeds. The higher the seed production, the greater the chance of successful natural regeneration. This complements the artificial man-made protective solutions and reduces the need for and cost of building infrastructural works. The added result is a higher production of mangrove seeds, black mangrove honey and other products.
The sustainable benefits that this system provides for coastal residents are therefore more income and better regeneration of mangroves. This will be beneficial for the mangrove forests and the livelihood of these coastal residents, who will be better protected against climate change.
That’s why protecting natural ecosystems like mangrove forests not only helps preserve biodiversity, but it also helps preserve a vital resource for local communities.