THE TEICHMANN GROUP
The Teichmann Group is a diverse group of companies with proven expertise in multi-disciplined construction services, mining and agriculture solutions, and significant social contributions across the African continent.
Established in 1995, the Teichmann Group has extensive experience in the fields of construction, mining and agriculture. The Teichmann Group of companies stand firmly for ethical business practices and creating safe operating environments.
Oceans Alive Conservation Trust is proud to have The Teichmann Group as a strategic partner. In 2022 Oceans Alive Conservation Trust with the help of The Teichmann Group were able to restore the Umgeni River Estuary. The success of this monumental task would not have been possible without the support of The Teichmann Group.
Due to heavy rains and floods the mangroves and Umgeni River Estuary were completely cut off from the ocean. As a result a section of the mangrove forest started dying. We needed to clear the sand banks that fomed in the estuary as a result of the upswelling to allow the river and the ocean to connect for the intertidal exchange to take place.
Mangroves are a group of trees and shrubs that live in the coastal intertidal zone. Each mangrove has a filtration system to keep much of the salt out and a complex root system that allows it to survive in the intertidal zone. Some have snorkel-like roots called pneumatophores that stick out of the mud to help them take in air; others use prop roots or buttresses to keep their trunks upright in the soft sediments at tide's edge. This tangle of roots allows the trees to handle the daily rise and fall of tides. The roots also slow the movement of tidal waters, causing sediments to settle out of the water and build up the muddy bottom.
Mangrove forests stabilize the coastline, reducing erosion from storm surges, currents, waves, and tides. The plants' interlocking roots stop riverborne sediments from flowing out to sea, and their trunks and branches serve as a fence-like barrier that diminishes the erosive power of waves. The forests mangroves form are among the most productive and biologically complex ecosystems on Earth.
Mangrove forests are also highly effective carbon sinks. They absorb carbon dioxide, taking carbon out of circulation and reducing the amount of greenhouse gas.
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