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Improving Livelihoods by Conserving Mangroves

The Ecuador Ministry of the Environment is is working with crabbing communities to improve profits and prevent mangrove deforestation.

​More than 900 families in Ecuador depend on crabbing in the mangroves of the Gulf of Guayaquil. These same mangroves mitigate global warming and contribute to global carbon sequestration efforts.

The Gulf is one of six sites where Chemonics has implemented its USAID Sustainable Forests and Coasts project by conserving biodiversity and protecting natural resources from depletion.
In this case, the project works with the Ministry of the Environment and crabbing communities to protect the $60 million in crabbing-related activities while preventing mangrove deforestation. Over 60,000 hectares are being protected, and the project helps communities receive a higher price for their crab meat sales.


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