Building on Mikoko Pamoja, an ambitious mangrove conservation and restoration project has recently launched in Africa – An original story by UNEP.When a proven ecosystem restoration method also helps reduce poverty and build economic resilience, governments will often back them as a win-win solution.The UN Environment Programme, the Kenya Forest Service, the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute and partners recently launched the Vanga Blue Forests Project on the Kenyan coast, a groundbreaking initiative to trade carbon credits from mangrove conservation and restoration.“The whole of this village and other nearby villages depend on fishing. And the mangrove forest is the actual breeding area for the fish,” says Vanga chief Kama Abdallah.“If the mangroves are destroyed there would be hunger,” adds Vanga resident Mwasiti Salim.