What protects our Samoa from soil erosion?
It’s mangrove, and they are being affected in villages like in Fasitoo-tai. In Fasitoo-tai they have big mangrove and small mangrove near the sea.
The mangrove grow in the mud. The man in Fasitoo-tai showed us around and said “the sea waves are too strong so the baby mangrove are gone.”
They built a falesamoa to look after the coral and the mangrove to keep away people that come and fish at night. The people grow mangrove to stop the soil eroding. The baby mangrove planted get washed away by the sea.
Toleafoa showed us the big mangrove and said the people planted them to make good soil for banana and taro plants. In Matafaa it was easier to grow mangrove than it was in Fasitoo-tai.
In Samoa, most of the mangrove grow in areas protected by a coral reef. Mangrove and coral reefs have a very special relationship. The coral breakwater reduces the force of the waves providing the mangrove with calm water, while the mangrove roots act like a sieve filtering soil and dirt that can harm the coral reef.
I think Fasitoo-tai is doing a really good job to look after the coral and their mangrove. In Fasitoo-tai I learned lots of stuff about the mangrove they have planted.
— Oswald Tapelu
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