Author: Ruth Kadide Keah

Determined disabled women pave the path in mangrove restoration

Source(s): Disaster Risk Reduction Network of African Journalists

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Their choice to plant mangroves is driven by their understanding of the vital role these trees play in supporting livelihoods and mitigating the impact of ocean waves. Salome emphasized the importance of mangroves in safeguarding communities from disasters like tsunamis.

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According to Levis Sirikwa, the Co-Founder of the organization, individuals with disabilities can actively participate in mangrove restoration, just like anyone else. He emphasized that the community can collaborate with physically disabled individuals in seedling preparation before transferring them to nurseries, especially for those who may face challenges accessing mangrove areas, advocacy, and creating awareness on matters to do with environmental conservation to the community.

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Sirikwa emphasized the importance of achieving full inclusivity for people with disabilities in environmental conservation. He urged individuals with disabilities, particularly those unable to engage in physical work for mangrove restoration, to also develop computer literacy and familiarity with social media platforms. This, he believes, would enable them to effectively raise awareness about mangrove restoration and conservation. By leveraging these digital tools, he said the message can reach a wider audience, inspiring more people to recognize the actions necessary for long-term sustainability.

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“People often overlook the impact of climate change on individuals with disabilities. It’s crucial to remember that during events like floods, while others may flee, those with physical challenges may face significant obstacles in escaping. Inclusion of people with disabilities across all sectors is essential, ensuring that information reaches everyone, especially those who are differently-abled,” she concluded.

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