Alcoa Foundation Advancing Sustainability Research | Mangrove Conservation | Outcomes

Outcomes

The primary outcomes of the project are to educate the public on mangrove conservation, as well as to influence public behavior and attitudes for avoiding deforestation, predatory fisheries, and throwing solid waste in the environment.  This will be done through reforestation, research and environmental education. A group of 20 Oceanography students from UFMA will be participating in the research, education and reforestation activities.

Reforestation: Restoring mangrove's goods and services (involving community members).

Research: Identifying and mapping the main fragile areas in the municipality's coastal zone to understand the possible effects of sea level rise; and by providing the community and stakeholders with scientific products such as maps of the mangroves, coastal landscape units and coastal zone evolution over the last 30 years.

Environmental Education: Developing community environmental education products for students, traditional groups and citizens, educational materials for teachers, group leaders, stakeholders, (including books, educational games, videos, folders, manuals), about environmental conservation, sustainable use of natural resources and climate change information.

The target audience for outreach is students from public schools under the age of 6 to 17 years old, directors and coordinators from these schools, fishermen and crab-gathers, public health agents and public social assistants, municipality stakeholders of the Environment and Education Bureaus. In total, the program expects to reach a total of 2,600 people in the first year. 

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