As part of its project- Implementation of priority interventions of NAPAS for resilience in the most vulnerable coastal areas of Djibouti, “Mise en æuvre des interventions prioritaires du PANA pour renforcer la résilience dans les zones côtières les plus vulnérables de Djibouti”, the Directorate of Environment (DATE) in Djibouti is executing intense mangrove restoration at Khor Angar, a remote rural area situated around 400 km north of the Djibouti city. PERSGA is providing profound technical assistance to the project focusing on mangrove restoration. In this framework, the PERSGA- LMR coordinator, Dr. Ahmed Khalil carried out a mission to Djibouti during 13-20 June 2012 to provide technical assistance to the project team on the recently launched mangrove restoration activities at the project site.
The mission involved field visits to mangrove restoration sites at Khor Angar in the north, and Demerjok mangrove area (around 8 km south of Djibouti), in order to assess ongoing work at the established nursery and cleaning/ preparation of proposed planting areas, and meet local project team/ partakers of local people.
The project team has successfully managed to involve local people in the mangrove restoration activities. Two local contractors and around 50 workers were hired to undertake cleaning and mangrove propagation activities; all are coming from the Khor Angar village close to the mangrove. A mangrove nursery was established at the site. The project is planning to set up two additional nurseries to support the extensive replanting activities which targets rehabilitation of 20 hectares of mangroves in two rural areas of the country. The outcomes of the mission included the following:
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