Apple is helping to protect 11,000 hectares of mangroves in Colombia

Last September, Apple unveiled its plans, in partnership with Conservation Internationalto help protect an area of ​​over 11,000 hectares (about 11,000 football fields) of mangroves in Cispat Baycoast of Colombia. Now in this Earth's Day (celebrated today, April 22), the company shared some advances already made by the initiative.

Apple's and NGO's work is primarily done with local communities, and one of the project's main goals is to create a carbon credit model that encourages other companies to support the preservation of mangroves that are known to be true lungs for the land. , having the capacity to absorb 10x more carbon dioxide than terrestrial forests (and emitting all these harmful gases when deforested).

If the initiative succeeds, Apple and Conservation International estimate that they will be able to prevent more than 1 million tons carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere equivalent to the total emissions of cars, buses, aircraft and ships in the United States throughout 2017.

Apple's report on the initiative brings a series of interesting stories about local people involved in the fight to preserve mangroves. We have, for example, the perseverance of Rosa Prez, which has collected data on the local biome and mangrove channels since 1976, has the largest region database since long before Cispat Bay was classified as a Marine Protected Area (MPA).

Rosa Prez, participant in Apple-backed mangrove conservation initiatives in ColombiaRosa Prez

With Apple's investments, researchers are finding ways to analyze mangrove patterns and how biome soil stores carbon dioxide molecules, which is a breakthrough in experiments to protect these areas (which are at constant risk of desertification). ) and enhance the means of reducing emissions of polluting gases.

Good Apple! 👏🏼