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WWF works to sustain the natural world for the benefit of people and wildlife, collaborating with partners from local to global levels in nearly 100 countries.
The need to protect and restore the world’s mangroves has never been greater. WWF is working not only in Mexico, but also in sites around the world, including in Colombia, Madagascar, and Fiji. Like Mexico, all of these are countries in which governments and communities have the capacity to increase and strengthen mangrove protection and management, with an emphasis on working under climate-smart principles to reduce the vulnerability of people and ecosystems to climate change.
To protect the tallest mangroves in the Americas, communities around the deltas of the Iscuandé River and San Juan River are expanding climate-resilient and sustainable livelihoods. This involves working with WWF on fishery management of piangua, an edible mollusk, and on establishing both regional protected areas around the deltas and a national mangrove strategy.
On Mexico’s Pacific coast, oysters are farmed among the mangroves of the Marismas Nacionales Nayarit Biosphere Reserve. Along the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatán Peninsula is home to fishing cooperatives and mangrove ecotourism organizations. Business owners and environmental leaders work with WWF to build capacity for sustainable businesses and support mangrove restoration so that these livelihoods can better survive future climate change threats.
Beekeeping, seaweed farming, and crab fishing are all dependent on healthy mangroves in the Diana and Manambolo Tsiribihina land and seascapes. To help these livelihoods remain stable, community-based organizations and WWF are restoring and sustainably managing the mangroves and training fishers to manufacture belaroa, fishing gear that only captures crabs measuring above 4.3 inches.
Mangrove forests are vital nursery habitats for reef fish—an important local income generator—in Fiji’s Great Sea Reef. WWF is working with communities in Fiji to expand resilient livelihood opportunities that complement traditional management practices in Ba and Macuata provinces, while also advocating for protective legislation and garnering investments in the conservation and restoration of mangroves.