Protecting the coast of Eastern Samar
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Past supertyphoons Yolanda and Ruby have brought severe deforestation, and the mangrove forests in the province ha been damaged, needing rehabilitation. The mangrove will not only protect; it will restore the normal abundance of marine species. Some 3 hectares will also be utilized for seaweed farming and we expect this to provide additional livelihood, even as we rehabilitate the mangrove areas. This is a project that benefits the community. At the end of the day, it will succeed only with the people’s support. In the past, rampant illegal fishing, uncontrollable charcoal making and other illegal activities contributed to the depletion of mangrove forests. True development will only take place if all partners communicate, coordinate and collaborate with each other. We are optimistic the people of Eastern Samar will not only make this project work, but will be vigilant enough to make it succeed.
Lagua, Benel D. (2017, March 10). Protecting the coast of Eastern Samar. Manila Times, p. B2, B3.
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Environmental protection; Mangrove restoration; Mangroves; Mangrove conservation; Deforestation; Seaweed culture; Seaweeds; Livelihoods; Soil erosion; Watersheds; Poverty alleviation; Development projects; Coastal zone; Coastal zone management; Tidal waves; Hurricanes; Pollution control; Natural resources; Illegal fishing; Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR); Borromeo, Cecilia C.; Nicart, Conrado Jr.; Nicart, Thelma
- The Manila Times