LIFE Adapt Island (restoration of eco-systems)
Restore Corals, Seagrass and Mangroves and fight against Climate Change !
The Adapt’ Island project, implemented by the G.P.M.G. Guadeloupe Harbour, aims at restoring the eco-systems, corals and mangroves throughout 8000 ha of maritime area in Guadeloupe. This is a pioneering initiative to test the methodologies of restoration, and to replicate them to other territories. The project started in 2019.
Did you know that Corals and Mangroves do not only protect the coast against erosion, and extreme weather events, but also have an enormous potential for the sequestration of CO2? As many other islands, Guadeloupe is a small island territory located in the intertropical zone. This situation makes it particularly vulnerable to various threats induced by climate change, such as the risks associated with accelerated coastal erosion (sea level rise, increased cyclone intensity). Moreover, 31 of the 32 towns of Guadeloupe are located on the littoral and are vulnerable to climate change.
Nevertheless, some marine and coastal ecosystems such as mangroves, seagrass beds and coral reefs can significantly reduce erosion and protect coasts during cyclonic events. In addition, seagrass beds and mangroves are natural carbon sinks, sequestering atmospheric CO2 that is partly responsible for climate change. It is therefore essential to protect these coastal and marine ecosystems, but also to restore them where possible to create a climate adaptation strategy for the territory. This is why the Cayoli program ane the LIFE Adapt Island (with Pilot4dev) develop strategies to restore ecosystems including corals to improve the climate adaptation strategy.
You could actively contribute to this fantastic project… Through the Cayoli website, you can get regular news www.cayoli.fr …
This project is co-funded by the LIFE Climate Programme
PILOT4DEV activities aim at connecting civil society, universities and pioneering initiatives with decision-makers.