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Mangrove Planting on Earth Day 2015 boosts coastal resiliency

MANGROVE PLANTING. Volunteers from various sectors – the academe, private associations, environmental advocates, government employees, et. al. joined the Mangrove Planting that was conducted at Brgy. Balabago, Jaro, Iloilo City.

 

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             Strengthening coastal resiliency and mitigating the impacts of climate change in coastal areas, the Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (EMB-DENR) Region VI spearheaded the mangrove planting in partnership with the Global Business Power on April 22 in celebration of Earth Day 2015.

“We laud the efforts of our private sectors such as the Global Business Power (GBP) in advancing environmental protection by getting involved in an activity like this. If we are to avert or minimize the impacts of climate change, we need more support from all sectors of society. Mangrove planting helps to strengthen the resiliency of coastal communities which are most vulnerable to the impacts of storm surges,” said DENR 6 Regional Director Jim O Sampulna.

Nothwithstanding the humidity and discomfort of having to stand in the mud, volunteers willingly joined and planted Bakhawan propagules. Located in Brgy. Balabago, Jaro District, Iloilo City, volunteers were able to plant at least 2,000 propagules covering more or less two (2) hectares of a coastal area.

“This is an ‘adopted’ area of the Global Business Power and actually spans 11 hectares. This is the initial stage of the mangrove planting, eventually we will plant the whole of it,” disclosed Engr. Rex Debuque, pollution control officer of GBP. “We will conduct monthly monitoring of the mangroves’ survival rate,” he added.

The GBP’s “adoption” of the area means they will be responsible for the mangrove revival in the area, which is located at the mouth of the Iloilo Flood Control Project. Bungalon, another mangrove species, is still quite abundant in the surrounding area.

The Mangrove Beach Forest Development Project under the auspices of the National Greening Program (NGP) is a priority project that aims to create resilient coastal communities that can mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

 The NGP is a national flagship program with a goal to plant 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares nationwide by using the “ridge-to-reef” strategy.

 

 

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