Best Projects 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.
Community Mangrove Conservation and Restoration
Explain your project in details:
Objective 1) to plant 20,000 mangrove propagules on degraded former mangrove sites Our organisation already has experience of mangrove restoration, using local volunteer labour. To achieve this next phase we will recruit local volunteers, some of whom are experienced mangrove planters and others new to planting, to restore an area of 2 ha of degraded former forest. Objective 2) to monitor the survival and growth of these new trees We aim to eventually plant 700, 000 new trees but will need additional funding for this. This initial project will allow us to refine our techniques and to demonstrate the success of our planting approach to future funders. Objective 3) - To establish 80 bee hives and train a core contingent of 40 local community members in the practice of beekeeping We will introduce 80 people (members of Sankandi Youth Development Association) from Sankandi Village to beekeeping, using hives located near the mangrove forest, as a means of providing personal and collective income and reducing local poverty with a targeted 80% adoption rate Objective 4) - To provide training and experience for community members, particularly women, in leadership and project management We will involve key community volunteers, especially women, in helping to run the project and report on outcomes from the start, helping to build capacity in the local community. If possible we will include formal training for these volunteers, through match funding.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Since the inception of mangrove conservation and restoration in 2012, we have planted more than 200,000 mangrove propagules in the community river bank. In 2018, Earthwatch Europe funded our mangrove conservation work that help in creating a beekeeping demonstration project, 10 hives(KTB) were established and have now started producing honey and wax. We hope to create a Soap, Candle and Body cream mini factories that will in generating income for youth and women in the community.
Sustainability and future plans
After successful implementation of the mangrove conservation project, we expect increases in fish, oyster, crabs, shrimps etc, as well as new job opportunities for youth and improvements of livelihoods. Specifically, we will establish 20,000 new mangrove trees that will help stabilise the shoreline and nurture marine life. This is just one part of our bigger ambition to plant 700,000 trees. In addition, we will establish beehives associated with the existing mangroves and help establish sustainable new businesses(poultry, horticultural gardening and small ruminant rearing) that will be modelled with our mangrove conservation and restoration work, that will target five communities that are affected by the mangrove lost. We will need additional funding for this. Income generated from these microeconomic enterprises above, will be use to finance future projects and employ youth and women to manage this initiatives for job opportunities.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Ansumana is 36 years old youth from rural Gambia, as an founder of a registered charitable organization, Young African Leadership Initiative Network Member(YALI). In 2012, Ansumana initiate community mangrove conservation and restoration in collaboration with Sahel Wetland(Gambia), Mansa-Konko Area and the community of Sankandi, initiate tree planting in dry land forest and the community river bank. In 2017, American Embassy, Banjul and Community Action Platform on Environment and Development implemented mangrove conservation project, more than 50,000 mangrove propagules were planted. Again in 2018, Ansumana was awarded Earthwatch Shulman Award to implement mangrove conservation and beekeeping demonstration project, more than 30,000 mangrove propagules were planted and 10 beehives(Kenyan Top-Bar) were established and gad now started producing honey and wax.