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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

IFRC joined the Global Mangrove Alliance in early 2020 and is made up of a network of 192 National Societies, reaching 150 million people with over 13.7 million volunteers, making it the world’s largest humanitarian network. The collective plan of action of the IFRC is to “tackle the major humanitarian and development challenges of this decade…committed, in this fast-changing world, to ‘saving lives and changing minds.’”

The IFRC network has been working on humanitarian projects through mangrove conservation for over 20 years. Most recently, IFRC launched a project with The Nature Conservancy in the Dominican Republic, Grenada, and Jamaica to help the islands protect themselves from climate-related disasters through nature-based solutions, including utilizing mangroves. By supporting natural solutions to extreme weather events, the islands will also benefit by attracting more tourists, supplying stronger fisheries, and reducing erosion. A tool for examining the coastal protections and flood risks to Jamaica was released in late 2019, and is available from the Coastal Resilience program here.

To learn more about IFRC’s work with humanitarian projects and mangroves, check out this story about mangrove reforestation in Vietnam with the help of the Japanese and Viet Nam Red Cross societies and this story in Indonesia with the help of the Indonesian and American Red Cross societies and USAID.

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