Lep-lep - Vlinder Senegal Blue Carbon

Lep-lep - Vlinder Senegal Blue Carbon project restores degraded mangrove areas and improves lives of vulnerable communities in the Bignona Department, the Ziguinchor region of Senegal.

Vlinder Senegal Blue Carbon project will restore 750 hectares of severely degraded mangroves in Senegal during 2023–2025.

Project type

Blue Carbon


750 hectares

Emission removal capacity

624,855 t

UN Sustainable Development Goals addressed


In Senegal, mangrove estuaries are disappearing at an alarming rate. Since the 1970s, around a quarter of all the country’s mangrove forests have been lost. Droughts and deforestation have claimed a total surface area of approximately 45,000 hectares of mangroves. The major reasons for mangrove loss are unsustainable development practices and extreme weather events.


The project will restore 750 hectares of severely degraded mangroves in the Bignona Department, the Ziguinchor region of Senegal, during 2023–2025, with continuing support for forest protection for 30 years to come and aiming to extend for up to 100 years.

To achieve this, Vlinder is partnering with Diamani Kouta, a non-profit organization with 10 years of experience in financing and launching agricultural, ecological, educational and other projects in Senegal. They provide what they call “sustainable help for self-help” by creating jobs and livelihoods that enable local community members to make a living.

The key components of this mangrove restoration project are securing a variety of ecosystem services, climate change mitigation, economic considerations, and active participation of the local community. The project will create a healthy mangrove ecosystem in degraded lands. In addition to carbon sequestration, it will also address environmental issues including natural disaster risk reduction, biodiversity enhancement, and reduction of erosion and salt intrusion in agricultural land.

Environmental benefits

Mangrove forests are biodiverse habitats of great ecological significance

  1. Mangrove ecosystems serve as nurseries for fish, marine life and coral reefs, tropical birds, crocodiles and animals
  2. Mangrove roots act as a filtration system and capture silt preventing siltation in seagrass meadows and on coral reefs
  3. Mangrove forests decrease the danger of erosion and salt intrusion
  4. Mangrove reforestation reduces the impacts of storms and storm surges thereby reducing loss of lives and property damage

Community benefits

The project introduces income generating activities and reduces poverty among the country's vulnerable coastal communities

  1. New jobs for local people
  2. Value-added livelihoods and new revenue streams
  3. Community education and upskilling
  4. Training of community groups in mangrove restoration and providing employment for vulnerable populations
  5. Capacity building, training and awareness with a particular focus on empowering women
  6. Protecting people in the project area from extreme weather events like tsunamis and floods



August 2022
Meeting with all stakeholders and Diamani Kouta in Senegal
November 2022
Project documentation submitted to Verra for certification
January 2023
Establishing a partnership for mangrove planting training and implementation
May 2023
Signing land use agreements with communes
December 2023
training & planting to be started; baseline research to be finished
December 2024
Project registration (VCS, CCB, SD VISta); planting completed
First carbon credits issued


Project description: VCS