20/06/2012 A Technical support mission for supporting mangrove restoration in Djibouti

A Technical support mission for supporting mangrove restoration in Djibouti June 2012

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:

• Assessment of performance of ongoing nursery/ mangrove propagation works and overall performance of restoration activities.

• Provide recommendations including corrective measures to current mangrove nursery practice (e.g. design of the sacs’ lodging plots, sorting out viable seeds, method of their treatment, lodging, irrigation and rearing) and cleaning of planting site activities.
• Selection of suitable sites for establishing two additional  nurseries at the project sites to meet present severe shortage of seedlings needed for  the projected restoration activities; advise on the new nurseries structure/ designing.
• Provide practical training of the project team on tranaplanting of mangrove seedlings from the wild to into nursery as an alternative, given the current shortage in propagules at the end of the fruiting season.
• Provide practical training to the project team on outplanting of nursery-raised seedlings and small seedlings collected from the wild, and direct transplanting of seedlings and shrubs into restoration sites selected.
• Select suitable sites for establishing “no-take zones” including sites for outplanting nursery raised mangrove seedlings.
• After discussion of the progress in implementing the restoration activities, and agree on adjustments to the work plan and procedure to consider technical recommendations provided.

The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden