One of the actions under France’s initiative to safeguard coral reefs and their associated ecosystems (IFRECOR), which is headed by Sylvain Pioch, is to develop a theoretical method for measuring compensatory mitigation in coral areas. The method, known as MERCI-Cor (Method to avoid, reduce and offset impacts in coral areas), involves evaluating the ecological gains and losses caused by development projects. This will ensure that such projects comply with the ecological equivalence requirement, i.e. no net loss of biodiversity (MERCI-Cor guide). With this in mind, Aurore Leocadie has just produced a work listing all the methods of repairing coral reefs and their associated ecosystems (available soon on this site).
IUCN’s French Committee is currently developing a series of case studies on nature-based solutions (actions to protect, sustainably manage and restore natural or modified ecosystems in order to manage natural water-related risks while simultaneously contributing towards safeguarding biodiversity) that will demonstrate the role played by ecosystems in the management of natural water-related risk (flooding, drought, erosion, run-off, etc.).This work follows on from IUCN’s previous work to promote nature-based solutions in France: Nature-based solutions.
The Tropical Wetlands Resource Centre is a wetlands resource centre dedicated to overseas wetlands and mangroves. The centre’s work focuses on three main priorities:
– Nation-wide circulation of reliable information about wetlands; action includes news monitoring, newsletter circulation and the publication of documents aimed at professionals and the general public.
– Promotion of best management and restoration practices within the network.
– Coordination for the promotion of World Wetlands Day.
The Tropical Wetlands Resource Centre has also translated into French a book by the Mangrove Action Project on reef restoration and has a database of other wetlands-related publications.
A website offering targeted search tools helping you find bibliographies, case studies or innovative techniques. It is run by the French Biodiversity Agency (AFB) and managed by French public and private partners (the Water and Biodiversity Department of the Ministry of Ecology (MTES), the National Federation of Public Works, the Union of Ecological Engineering Professionals and the Federation of Ecological Engineering and Engineering Actors).
CRG is an NGO that works with public and private partners to safeguard Florida’s native coastal wetlands. Founded in 2004, it provides scientific and technical expertise in the ecology, restoration and management of mangroves, salt marshes and seagrass beds. CRG biologists have been involved in habitat restoration in the Florida Keys since 1980, carrying out Florida’s largest aquatic plant restoration project and managing the original Keys Restoration Trust Fund in the 1990s.
The Global Mangrove Alliance offers a knowledge hub on mangroves. The hub provides general educational content on mangroves as well as details of projects making an impact around the world. It also publishes the types of resources that help communities, governments, policy-makers, the private sector and non-governmental organisations take action and support proven approaches that restore and protect mangroves.
Mangrove Action Projet is dedicated to combating the degradation and deforestation of mangrove forests around the world. Its main aim is to promote the rights of indigenous coastal people and local populations by involving fishermen and farmers in sustainable coastal management.
The CBEMR method, community-based ecological mangrove restoration
Working with scientists, local NGOs and communities, the MAP (Mangrove Action Project) is a non-profit organisation whose mission is to promote the mangrove restoration method known as CBEMR (Community-Based Ecological Mangrove Restoration). The method was developed after it was found that “traditional” restoration programmes, where mangrove shoots are grown in nurseries and then planted, resulted in too many failures.
> Link to the CBEMR guide
To share its method and discuss and exchange ideas about mangrove restoration projects, the MAP has created a “CBEMR e-group”, which now has more than 200 members (forum in English).
Mapping Ocean Wealth has produced a number of different tools, among them tools for restoring mangroves.
Their website offers a global model and map of mangrove restoration potential, by country, to help practitioners identify priority areas and to support and encourage global mangrove restoration projects developed by TNC and IUCN.
The site also provides a large number of resources.
A volunteer platform run by ground teams based in the Gulf of Benin and in contact with local communities in the region’s estuary, mangrove areas and fluviomarine systems. The goal is to share, improve and disseminate tools, methodologies and best management practices.