|Costs per Tree||$ 0.15|
|GPS Data of planting site||-1.110936, 136.341397|
|Planting Partner||Eden Reforestation Projects|
The Mnurwar planting is an area of degraded mangrove forest measuring 506 hectares along the coast of Biak Island in northeastern Indonesia. Biak Island is a small island situated north of mainland Papua (New Guinea). The interior of the island is covered by lush tropical rainforest, while mangrove forests line the coasts. The forests of Biak provide habitat for endemic mammal and bird species and have significant benefits for local communities and livelihoods. Local people rely on healthy mangroves to support fisheries, provide timber, and protect against the
impact of tropical storms and coastal erosion. Coastal mangroves act as a barrier between waves and land, mitigating the disastrous effects of large waves. In February 1996, a severe earthquake struck off the coast of Biak, resulting in a devastating tsunami that killed over 160 people, destroyed homes and infrastructure, and damaged coastal ecosystems. The communities and forests of Biak have been slow to recover, and the planting project at Mnurwar has been instrumental in bringing meaningful employment and ecological restoration to the area.