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Conservation benefit: Mangrove restoration

Date Approved: 01.1998


This project protects mangroves, which trap more CO2 than any other kind of forest and as a result, slow global warming.

Seacology and Nu Skin Taiwan funded a reforestation project with the Tayo aboriginal people in the mountains of Taiwan, where 100,000 trees were planted. At a ceremony commemorating the Tayo planting, Seacology Chairman Paul Cox met Taiwan’s director of forestry and proposed that they work together to protect Taiwan’s Formosan mangroves. Nu Skin Taiwan and Seacology matched funds to produce a Mandarin language film on mangrove conservation. It became the fourth most popular film in all of Taiwan.

The National University of Taiwan organized an international conference on mangrove restoration. At the conference, Paul Cox presented Taiwan’s minister of agriculture with seeds of two extinct species of mangroves and announced that Seacology wished to restore part of Taiwan’s heritage. As a result of these efforts, the government has established five new mangrove preserves, and 10,000 mangrove trees have been planted.

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