Commonwealth Action Group on Mangroves meets in Sri Lanka

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Rebecca Mu’azu
Commonwealth countries have decided on a work plan to help save the world’s mangroves, an approach to solve ocean-related challenges and meet global commitments on sustainable ocean development.
The meeting held in Negombo, Sri Lanka, said in a statement that the plan, including joint actions, projects and funding strategies for the short and medium term, was part of the work carried out under the Commonwealth Blue Charter, an agreement by all 53 Commonwealth countries to actively co-operate to tackle climate related challenges.
According to a statement by the Commonwealth, the Blue Charter works through voluntary action groups led by ‘champion countries’ who rally around issues such as marine pollution and the sustainable blue economy.
The statement said Sri Lanka champions the Mangrove Ecosystems and Livelihoods Action Group, MELAG, which is home to over 19,000 hectares of mangroves.
It said nine other Commonwealth countries had joined MELAG, including Australia, Bangladesh, Vanuatu, Bahamas, Nigeria, Jamaica, Kenya, United Kingdom, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Lateefah Ibrahim