In an article in Nature this week (15 December), Erika Check describes how mangrove replanting programmes in
Despite massive government support for the programmes –
The Indonesian government has turned some newly damaged coastline over to shrimp farmers, despite its official support for buffer zones.
Moreover, many of the 300,000 seedlings planted on the Aceh coast earlier this year have died, destroyed by debris still washing up, and the contractors hired there have no incentive to continue caring for the young plants.
Local communities need to be involved for such programmes to succeed, say the Wetlands International Indonesia Programme. The programme provides financial incentives for local villages to plant and ensure an agreed number of seedlings survive after five years.