Manila Bulletin

More mangroves for Tacloban


TACLOBAN CITY–Almost 383,000 mangrove seedlings will be planted on 46 hectares of mangrove areas in the city’s Cancabato Bay. Crizaldy M. Barcelo, Department of Environmen­t and Natural Resources (DENR) regional director for Eastern Visayas, said his office has tapped the PH Haiyan Advocacy Cooperativ­e to do special studies, design and developmen­t on forestry and environmen­tal management in Cancabato Bay and nearby areas as part of efforts to rehabilita­te coastal areas damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda, Barcelo said PH Haiyan was contracted last September to conduct bathymetri­c mapping, sea water analysis, a survey of existing flora and fauna in Cancabato Bay, and baseline perception survey. He said these activities seek to determine future climate change mitigation and adaptation interventi­ons for residents of coastal areas, and track changes brought by the implementa­tion of different mangrove rehabilita­tion, protection, and management interventi­ons. Barcelo said PH Haiyan had already started already set up a nursery to provide the seedlings for the mangrove areas that need to be restored. Provincial Environmen­t and Natural Resource Officer Ranulfo Q. Arbiol of DENR PENROLeyte said the planting will be done in coastal barangays of Tacloban. (Restituto A. Cayubit)

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