The organizations Action Aid and CORDES with funding from the Environmental Investment Fund of El Salvador (FIAES), are implementing actions to restore the mangrove forest, based on the sustainable use of natural resources of the biosphere reserve Xiriualtique-Jiquilisco.
Residents of Arcos del Espino and Ciracantique hamlets in the municipality of Jucuarán have been involved in the project to improve their living conditions by generating more productive spaces within the mangrove that allow them to take advantage of fishing and oyster extraction.
The joint effort for the development of the project will allow the rehabilitation through the Ecological Restoration of Mangroves (REM), getting the locals involved in sustainable practices for the care of the work space, especially the mangrove canyons, where they can be mobilized by boat or cayuco.
“In Ciracantique we are working together with FIAES and the community Los Conventos, in days of desazolve of mangrove channels. This allows the tide to arrive faster and not be delayed. We benefit the community because we subsist on what is produced within these mangrove channels," said Selvin Hernandez, beneficiary of the project.
More than 30 people participate in the cleaning days, among adults and young people, a significant contribution in the generation of employment in the area. “Through these actions we help to consolidate the organization within the communities, we generate better conditions for the population that is involved in actions of environmental interest and we are happy to finance this project for the adequate and sustainable management of the resources of the mangrove ecosystem.”, explained Daysi Herrera, FIAES territorial coordinator.
TIDAL REGULATORS AND NATURAL BARRIER TO HURRICANES AND TSUNAMIS.
We know that species such as: crustaceans, fish, mollusks, birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and need a good ecosystem. We must not allow the water in this mangrove to remain stagnant. For this reason, trees of White Mangrove and Rhizophora Mangrove that have fallen on mangrove canyons are being removed," explained Damián Córdova, coordinator of the project.
Reports and photography: Kevin Gallo/FIAES
Editor: Nelson Rodríguez/FIAES