Video: Mangroves – the new fun run
Glenn Quirino Maboloc Media and Communications Officer in the Philippines
24th Jan 2012
Tree planting projects used to get a lot of press before fun runs took over. Running - to save the Pasig River or to raise cash for charity - is still great but we also need to put reforestation back on the map.
Sendong (international name: Washi) showed us how floods can sweep houses to sea, no thanks to mountains of trees flattened out to give way to plantations or housing projects. We need to re-green the world to mitigate the impact of disaster.
Yet another aspect of re-greening the world involves planting mangroves, or coastal mini-forests. Mangroves cushion the blows of storm surges and even tsunamis. It's also a great place for women to glean shells to feed their families or to sell at markets. For many poor seaside communities a mangrove protects them from inclement weather and offers them a steady source of food and income. Sadly, mangroves are becoming less and less ubiquitous. Here's a video from WWF on why that's happening:
Which is why we're glad to know that the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) will plant 50,000 mangroves propagules (seeds or saplings) in Apua Island, Mercedes, in Camarines Norte. At the helm of this mangrove plantation project are poor women. Working at mangroves does not take women away far from their homes, allowing them to attend to their children and to carry out their household responsibilities. Men traditionally go out to sea to fish.
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