Description/achievement of initiative
Our project aims to restore and protect 72 hectares of mangroves close to a small town (Rincon del Mar) on the Colombian coast and to improve the sewage and waste management system to protect the mangroves from future degradation.
The project will result in benefits from reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing greenhouse gas storage within the mangroves as well as provide a social benefit to the population of Rincon del Mar.
Firstly, the project aims to change local behaviors in regards to how the population dispose of waste and, secondly, to improved the ability for the population of Rincon del Mar to live sustainably with the mangroves. This will be done by working with a local trash company to improve and increase the scope of its service, working with local community leaders to increase awareness of the impacts of pollution and improving the sustainability of the eco tourism that is currently growing in Rincon del Mar.
The improvement of the local trash company will be done through:
Purchasing basic safety equipment to protect workers
Increasing the number of househoulds using the service
Assisting with the systemization and reporting of business operations
Building of a Greenhouse within the land of the local trash company allowing for mangrove (and other plants) to be grown and used in the restoration of approximately 25 hectares of mangroves that have dried out
Improving the sustainability of eco tourism will be done by:
Providing English lessons nightly within the town (currently no local can speak English and act as a guide to tourists)
Providing translations for tours
Providing business and consulting support to micro businesses; specifically focusing on women within Rincon
Work will be completed with local leaders in Rincon by:
Replanting and restoring approximately 25 hectares that have dried out
Performing patrols of the mangroves to ensure trash is not put into them
Providing capacity building on project design and management
Ongoing measurement of the carbon levels within the mangroves to measure ongoing success of the project
This second part will be done in conjunction with local government and will involve building of breakwaters, a sewage system, aqueduct etc. This work will be mainly carried out by local government, however there will be supervision performed by E2E to ensure timely delivery of these projects (currently years overdue with little to no work started). This work combined will allow for a healthy restoration and ongoing protection of the mangroves.
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
As the majority of the project involves direct work with the community we have made sure to transfer as much knowledge and skills as possible to whoever we are working with. The focus on education and skills transfers can be evidenced by:
English classes for future ecotourism development
Workshops on project design and management
Business development and management for the local trash company
Training of locals to perform carbon stock measurements within the mangroves
This project has been designed in conjunction with the local population of Rincon.
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
CarSucre, Alcaldia de Rincn del Mar, Vasillas, Bibliotheca Mariamulata