Donor: Birdlife International Tokyo and Ricoh Company, Ltd
In 2004, more than 1,500 people were killed when Typhoon Winnie devastated the towns of Real, General Nakar and Infanta in the province of Quezon.
Today the Maralitang Mangingisda ng Munting Sabang Association (MMMSA), Municipal Government of Infanta, and the Sangguniang Barangay of Dinahican are working with support BirdLife International Tokyo and the Ricoh Company to bring back more mangrove forests.
Mangroves are a vital component of the coastal and marine ecosystems that consist of sea grass and coral reefs—homes of marine wildlife. They serve as barrier from storm surges, waves, tides and current, act as carbon sink by reducing organic pollution along shore areas, stabilize the coastline by reducing erosion, and serve as recreational grounds for wildlife enthusiasts. Mangroves are daily faced with natural dangers like typhoons, pests and diseases, and rising sea levels due to global warming, and yet the biggest threats are man-made.
Today however, actions are being taken to ensure that its biggest protector is the community surrounding them…
- 3,500 mangrove seedlings planted in one hectare of mangrove forest in Brgy. Dinahican, Infanta, Quezon Province.
- Trainings on Mangrove Restoration given to the Maralitang Mangingisda ng Munting Sabang Association (MMMSA), Sangguniang Barangay of Dinahican, and the Infanta Municipal Government in Sitio Munting Sabang, Barangay Dinahican, Infanta, Quezon.The trainings involved equipping the participants with knowledge and skills in restoring and conserving the remaining mangrove forests in Infanta.
- BatangKAWAN classes given to 46 grade-school students in Dinahican Elementary school. Special thanks to the school principal, Ms. Carmencita T. Suplido.The “Ako ay isang BAKAWAN (Batang Kawan)” to connected the students to the mangrove ecosystem through interactive activities and to motivate them to engage in environmental conservation actions to conserve the ecosystem, facilitated by Czarina Constantino of Haribon Training.
- Stakeholders’ Training on Mangrove Protection took place, training 40 participants (18 Males and 22 Females) in Munting Sabang, Brgy. Dinahican, Infanta, Quezon.It involved raising awareness of the stakeholders on mangrove protection and to motivate them to engage in environmental conservation actions to conserve the mangrove ecosystem. Special thanks to Forester Ronaldo Rozaldo of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Real, Quezon and Reynaldo Avila of the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) of Infanta.
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