This 21-month project, funded by FELM, aims to strengthen Morodok’s work with community protected areas (CPAs) and to reduce the destruction of mangrove forests. FELM is an agency of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland which works to promote human dignity and justice around the world
The CPAs are under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Environment and are managed by local communities. The CPAs consist mainly of mangroves, which are important for carbon sequestration, fish breeding, fish nutrients, and coastline protection. The 5 CPAs supported by the project cover 4,205 hectares, and are managed by 777 households (consisting of 3,890 family members) from 15 villages. The communities are poor, and rely on small-scale agriculture and collection of non-timber forest products for survival.