ILOILO – Acknowledging the importance of our ecosystem, the provincial government will develop 10 hectares of beach and 55 hectares of mangrove forests in four selected coastal towns here.
The beach forest will be located in Brgys. Guibongan, Mambatad, Bacauan, Palaca, Tabunacan, Damilisan, Oyungan, Lanutan, Maringyan, San Rafael and Narat-an, Miagao.
The mangrove forests, on the other hand, will be in Brgy. San Fernando, Barotac Viejo (eight hectares), Brgy. Nanding Lopez, Dumangas (20 hectares) and Brgys. Bucana Bunglas and Pantalan Nabaye, Ajuy (27 hectares).
The project worth P2.68-million is part of Governor Arthur Defensor Sr.’s Action for Re-Greening and Transfomation for Climate Change Adaptation (ART for CCA).
The ART for CCA aims to plant 1.5 million trees and 500,000 mangroves yearly to cushion the impact of climate change.
It also uses a “ridge-to-reef” approach in managing the province’s coastal resources.
This management approach specifically addresses threats in the uplands, lowlands and coastal areas in an integrated way.
In this beach and mangrove reforestation project alone, a total of 550,000 mangrove propagules consisting mostly of Bacauan, Pagatpat and Bungalon will be utilized.
The governor said that planting more mangroves will help protect the community living near it from storm surges.
Once fully grown, the mangroves will likewise serve as sanctuary to various sea creatures and help provide additional food supply. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno/Capitol News)