This report showcases the results of piloting the 3Returns Framework in the coastal ecosystem restoration of mangrove forests in the Ayeyarwady Delta, Myanmar, demonstrating monetary and non-monetary benefits of restoration by estimating return of investment in environment, social, and human and financial capital.
The mangroves of the Ayeyarwady Delta, which provide a range of resources that support densely populated communities, have been degraded through over-exploitation and land conversion. The mangrove restoration project of three townships in the Delta presented in this report demonstrates monetary and non-monetary benefits of restoration by piloting the 3Returns Framework, which estimates the return on investment in environment, social, and human and financial capital. The results indicate that improved management of mangroves and green growth alternatives can enhance the well-being of the communities and that even limited investment in mangrove restoration provides high levels of benefits in the long-term.
This technical report was prepared by the Green Growth Knowledge Partnership (GGKP) Expert Group on Natural Capital, together with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI).