Project title

Mangrove Restoration and Community Forest

Project Teaser

CAPED is a grassroots effort from Gambia focused on restoring degraded mangrove and forests and improving the lives of the nearby communities, with a particular enphasys on youth. Working closely with the villagers, they have coordinated the replanting of around 3 million mangrove saplings since 2009, the creation of protected community forests and the introduction of other work and food opportunities.

Active countries

Key Figures

Project Results

Over three million Red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) saplings planted since 2009, creating up to five kilometres of mangrove forest along the river, with survival rates of 60% (2018). Five protected community forests were created and replanted, covering nearly 100 hectares.

Vegetation type

Red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) and diverse tree species.

Climate conditions

Sub-tropical climate, with a distinct dry and rainy (mid-June to September) seasons. The mangrove forests are aquatic environments, with strong tidal influence and saltwater intrusions.

Funding Sources

Funding Government
Funding Internal
Funding Religious groups
Funding International Aid
Funding Private Sponsoring
Funding Inhabitants


Community Action Platform on Environment and Development
Organisation contact
Contact E-mail
Sintet Village, Foni Jarrol District, West Coast Region, The Gambia
Postal code
Sintet Village


CAPED stands for Community Action Platform on Environment and Development, a grassroots non-profit in The Gambia that is actively restoring degraded mangrove and forest areas in the Lower River area, one of main tributaries flowing into the River Gambia.

CAPED works tightly with the communities, particularly young people, providing the coordination and gathering funds for the replanting and conservation efforts. Since the project was launched in 2009, over three million mangrove saplings were planted, creating almost five kilometres of mangrove forest along the river in a bid to restore the damaged ecosystem, provide a safe habitat for river life and stop salt intrusion into farmlands. The efforts of this project connect with the work being developed further downstream by SYDA (another grassroots organisation in our platform), to create a longer restoration corridor. The new mangroves increase the availability of fish, shrimps and oysters, providing a local source of food and work, and can be sustainably harvested for roofing materials by poor families.

In addition to the mangrove planting, five communities have also agreed to create a 100 ha forest reserve around the villages, restoring and protecting the surrounding area with indigenous trees. Within the villages, youth has also been mobilised to establish community gardens that bring work and new food sources for households, increasing nutritional options and security.

Together with other local organisations, CAPED also develops a very public effort to highlight environmental and social issues, mobilise the public for hands-on interventions and nudge official entities to address these in a timely way.

Partnerships & Collaborations

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Sustinova is a non-profit organisation based in Zurich, Switzerland, and devoted to promoting Sustainability in the NGO area.

As a partner, Sustinova provides operational support to Reforestation World in its public activities.

ETH Zurich - Chair of Ecosystem Management

The Chair of Ecosystem management at the ETH Zürich organised the Latsis Symposium ETH 2018 “Scaling-up forest Restoration”, on June 6-7 & 9, 2018.

Reforestation World collaborated with the link to NGOs, practitioners and others stakeholders in the field of forest restoration.