Tahiry Honko, Madagascar
Tahiry Honko means ‘preserving mangroves’ in the local Vezo dialect and is the world’s largest community-led mangrove carbon project.
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Velondriake Association, Blue Ventures
Government of Madagascar, Velondriake Association, Blue Ventures
UK International Climate Fund, MacArthur Foundation, Darwin Institute, UNEP-GEF
Ceriops tagal, Rhizophora mucronata, Avicennia marina and Bruguiera gym norrhiza
this project contributes to 12 UN sdgs
TAHIRY HONKO overview
Through mangrove conservation, the project supports fisheries management and other initiatives that grow the local economies. These then bring health care, education and wells for the local communities.
Mangroves themselves provide a habitat for sea life and help protect coastal areas from flooding. They sustain local communities with food, fuel for cooking, timber for building and generate local income. The mangroves need managing sustainably, so the project is developing initiatives for alternative livelihoods, including sea cucumber and seaweed farming and mangrove beekeeping.
Bond International Development Award Finalist
Tahiry Honko was a finalist in the 2020 Bond International Development Awards. It is the first carbon sequestration project in Madagascar focused on mangrove ecosystems.
Deforestation and habitat degradation
Local community empowerment
Loss of biodiversity
Hectares of forest
What people say
“Mangroves and other ‘blue carbon’ ecosystems like sea grasses and salt marshes are incredibly efficient at storing carbon. They can absorb and store as much as 10 times more carbon than terrestrial ecosystems—so it goes without saying that they are a critical part of efforts to overcome climate change.”
Isabelle Vanderbeck, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) international waters expert