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Indigenous women in Guyana are merging traditional knowledge and technology for mangroves conservation

Indigenous women in northern Guyana fight climate change by combining traditional knowledge with cutting-edge technology. Equipped with drones, these women are actively monitoring and preserving mangrove forests, gathering essential data to protect coastal ecosystems and influence government policies.
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Led by Annette Arjoon-Martins, the head of Guyana's Marine Conservation Society, the women are merging traditional wisdom with scientific research. Using drones allows them to scan mangrove forests, identify illegal cutting, and collect soil samples and mangrove litter. These samples will help measure the carbon stored in these vital coastal ecosystems previously inaccessible to scientists.
The work of these indigenous women is particularly important for Guyana, a country with 90% of its population living below sea level. The nation's coastline, protected by a historic sea defense system, faces the challenges of rising sea levels and intensified storm surges due to climate change. The data collected can be used to model policies and programs to safeguard critical areas and enhance coastal protection.
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The women's efforts are timely as Guyana experiences an oil boom that positions it to become one of the world's largest offshore oil producers. By collecting data on carbon storage in the coastal ecosystems surrounding their villages, the women hope to establish a baseline for future protection efforts. Similar to the successful low-carbon development strategy launched in 2009 to protect Guyana's forests, this baseline could lead to the implementation of conservation programs and initiatives.
The work of these indigenous women provides crucial insights into the environmental challenges faced by Guyana and contributes to the country's fight against climate change. Let's support their work and spread the word about what they do πŸ’š
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  • DIPANJANA MAULIK

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    Strengthening the indigenous knowledge and effort by use of technology is a great idea.

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    • Komu Daniel

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      great commitment

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      • Joyce Waturu

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        Indigenous communities play a very vital role in conservation, protection and restoration and their potential cannot be underestimated whatsoever.According them the necessary aid would absolutely heighten their efforts.

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        • monicah mbesu

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          There commitment is amazing

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          • Hilda Wangui

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            Great effort to Guyana women for being part of climate solution

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            • Joseph Githinji

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              This is so admirable, congratulations to Guyana women for taking this Challenge of climate change effects head on.

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            • Daniel Waweru

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              These people are climate enthusiasts, Their commitment towards conserving and preserving the mangove forest is on another level

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            • Munene Mugambi

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              What these people are doing is beautiful.

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              • Ajema Lydiah

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                great ladies conserving the environment

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                • Elizabeth Gathigia

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                  Great efforts and commitments from Guyana women πŸ‘

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                  • Tabitha Kimani

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                    Communities have wonderful solutions towards issues which threaten their existence as a human right. Its interesting to see the achievement of the Guyana women in solving climate change with what is readily available and then merging with technology to advance this solution.

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