The significance of the research
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE RESEARCH The rural poor are the most adversely affected group in devastated environment because of loss of livelihoods. The restoration of the mangroves and organically polluted river, which are the thrusts of the project, would engender recolonization of endemic fauna, especially those species that serve as food for man and other animals. Sustenance of swamp fisheries, which provides a major income generation source of the people, will be achieved. Furthermore, biodiversity will be developed, protected and sustained. This is critical because, 60% of the fishes of the Gulf of Guinea breed in the mangroves of the Niger Delta. The project will serve as a model for the restoration of the vast mangroves of the Niger Delta, and organically polluted water bodies.