LIVELIHOODS

Mangrove reforestation projects have taken place before, and failed too many times due to the fact that the mechanism behind deforestation are not sufficiently tackled. If there is no food on the table, the trees will be chopped down again and again just to provide for daily family needs. Worldview is very much aware of this reality, and invests in better livelihoods, through contracts with the local communities.

As a reward for protecting the forest, our livelihood and sustainable development activities improve the living standards. A living forest is more useful than a dead one. Mangroves are estimated to be worth at least US$1.6 billion each year in ecosystem services that support coastal livelihoods and human populations around the world. 

Half of the carbon credit sales of the projects is reserved as payback to the investors in support of Carbon Neutral targets.

Worldview Foundation invests the revenue of the sales of the second half of the carbon credits in sustainable livelihood activities.

An overview of some livelihood projects that Worldview implemented in the last years.

Worldview studied the use of all available natural resources in the area to create maximum livelihoods with the aim of 100% income increase for the poorest 62% of the population that is living below the poverty line within the next 5 years.

More sea food resources have been registered after mangrove restoration. The biggest impact is in the crab fisheries. When the project started, only 2 crab fishermen were active due to limited  resources. Today, 24 fishermen are getting good catches. The communities also started with our help with the production of nypa sap en oyster.

To protect families from yearly floods, Worldview constructed a floodgate.

During the Covid pandamia Worldview acted rapidly by supplying the hospitals the necessary protection material.

Worldview repaired school buildings and distributed rain coats and school bags to children from disadvantaged families. With an essay and an art competition we created awareness regarding climate, mangrove restoration and environment. And with a donation of  school computers and training the teachers how to use them, we opened up to the world of new opportunities for all.

Worldview gave scholarships to 20 girls in preparation for university enrolment as no girls from the area had so far the opportunity to enter university. It also provided training to 24 women in tailoring, natural coloring of textiles from mangrove species combined with advanced embroidery and tie dye training with marketing support.

The foundation supported a clean water project by digging a well and installing a pump and pipes in one village and developing a rainwater harvest project in another village.

We established production and distribution of energy saving stoves and gave solar lamps to school children and solar panels to schools without electricity.

The population have benefited from hiring and training of over 200 tree planters (70% women) for the mangrove restoration project. 19 charcoal producers have been retrained and employed in the project. They earn more than before. The coming seaweed production project will also be a large employment potential for the area.

There is no more charcoal production in the area. Instead Worldview established by example school nurseries with training to produce tree seedlings of 10 different species.

Worldview supported 60 women to establish income generating clam culture for sustainable livelihood income and organized 6 months training for majority women in establishing social enterprises as foundation for new business activities under control of the local population. A micro investment fund assists in establishing these activities.

Restoration of the degraded forest has improved biodiversity in the area and brought back several endangered species, including wild elephants. Worldview establishes the mangrove gene bank with research activities, presently with 64 species.

New projects are in the planning stage in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Indonesia. This will more than double mitigation results and provide life bearing ecosystem services to millions of people with a green mangrove protection shield from extreme weather and sea level rise and providing food security with 50% increase of sea food resources.

Contact us to purchase VCS certified Carbon Credits of which the proceeds will go directly to our livelihood projects.