Petit Carenage Coastal Mangroves Restoration area replacing the dead forest

Petit Carenage
Petit Carenage

Inundated trail

Lilet - Red mangrove roots
Lilet - Red mangrove roots

Mangrove restoration with bamboo encasements in Lilet replaces the dead coastal forest

KIDO officer and trainer Antonia Peters collected dozens of red mangle propagules

Mangrove forests are one of the world's most threatened tropical ecosystems.

In Carriacou we have 3 main types of mangroves:

- White, in the drier coastal areas 

- Black, in the semi-inundated area, with aerial roots emerging from the soil

- Red, in the mostly inundated area, with long arching roots and propagules (viviparous "seeds") pending from the branches

90% of the coastal fish are born and/or take shelter within the mangrove ecosystem, when mangroves are destroyed fish population is destroyed with it.

Mangroves, along sandy beaches, sea grass beds and coastal coral reefs are natural stabilizers and protectors of the coastline from tsunami and storms, they also act as filters of run off land sediments, thus protecting the corals from being smothered by excess sediments causing discoloring of the water (which reduces the penetration of light rays).