Youth in action for mangrove

A devastating look into the baren and unprotected coastel region of Suriname Enlarge image A devastating look into the baren and unprotected coastel region of Suriname (© SORTS)

The German Embassy has teamed yet again with SORTS (Stichting Ontwikkeling Radio en Televisie - Foundation for Development through Radio & Television in Suriname) to raise awareness of the importance of coastal protection in times of changing weather patters due to climate change.

SORTS aims to start a mangrove protection action to save the remaining mangrove trees along the coast of Suriname and to raise overall awareness regarding mangrove forests. Young people, as part of the community in Coronie, and ‘Weg naar Zee’ were engaged. About 15 schools (500 children) and about 100 adults visited the several sites in Coronie and Weg naar Zee Youth in action for mangrove on a field trip with children Enlarge image Youth in action for mangrove on a field trip with children (© SORTS)

The best solution to ensure coastal protection is mangrove reforestation. This will start in 2015 and may significantly minimize the annual damage to the coast and infrastructures of the community caused by flooding particularly during the spring tides in the years to come.

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Youth in action for mangorves also engages in informing the general public Enlarge image Youth in action for mangorves also engages in informing the general public (© SORTS)