Mangrove Restoration and Conservation Effort in Niger Delta Used as Carbon Offset Option
This paper discusses an effort to prevent permanent loss of mangrove habitats using a long-term restoration strategy based on the transplantation of fertilized seedlings produced at mangrove nurseries in partnership with local communities.
Mangroves have gained attention as a carbon offset option because of their high carbon-storage capacity and diverse social and environmental benefits. Carbon stock in mangroves is approximately four times higher than in terrestrial forests and contributes to almost 10% of the global terrestrial carbon pool. In 2017, the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) launched an initiative to restore mangroves to promote social and biodiversity benefits while contributing to offsetting its greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. The complete paper details the methodology and results of this initiative.
Mangroves are coastal ecosystems mainly composed of typical tree and shrub plant species possessing adaptations to unstable, low-oxygen soil; high-salinity water; and frequent submersion.