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Mangrove conservation and carbon trading in Vanga, Kenya

University of Toronto

2.5 million Kenyans live in communities that are adjacent to mangrove forests. Mangroves are vital to costal communities’ food sources, potable water, building material, and medicine. However, mangrove coverage has decreased by 50% in the past 50 years. In 2019, the Vanga Blue Forest project expanded upon the world’s first mangrove restoration project funded through carbon credits. In this community-led initiative, funds are used to reforest and to support community-championed infrastructure projects. This case study will investigate the Mangrove conservation and carbon trading program in Vanga, Kenya.