Due to advanced degradation of mangroves, local ecosystems and social structures suffer. Non-profit organizations, consisting of community volunteers and researchers from abroad, are on the forefront of these restoration practices. Protecting these forests prevents local families from starving and keeps their homes from flooding. Applying research-based thinking to create a lab and education space for better implementation of restoration policies on a site-by-site basis was crucial, and the result was a low-tech space with serious material considerations based on local construction and best practices based on improvements in relatively low-tech seismic and water impermeable technology. The result is a celebration of local material and methodology reinforced by the rigor and passion of the local people who are adamant on keeping their forests thriving. A holistic approach to the current, past, and present users of the site result in a community-oriented development that addresses as many intersections as possible.
Romero, Julio, "Jiquilisco Bay Mangrove Restoration Center" (2023). Architecture Theses. 131.