This project invests in restoring mangroves in the wetlands of Chendor and Cherating, a popular destination for community-managed ecotourism. Besides its importance for local livelihoods, the area allows people to learn about the role of mangroves in coastal and fisheries resource protection, and as a nature-based solution to removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Well-managed ecotourism to the Cherating mangroves demonstrates how economic benefits can responsibly flow from nature. Additionally, the mangrove swamp’s proximity to Club Med Cherating and other resorts draws a steady stream of visitors and provides them with an opportunity to learn about this important ecosystem.
Funding from The Habitat Foundation will strengthen Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) Pahang to build a stronger collaborative framework between academic institutions, government agencies such as the Pahang Forestry Department, and the local community, who are stewards of this ecosystem. This project will involve ongoing volunteer mangrove planting activities and various initiatives to enhance the communication and outreach capabilities of MNS.