Manila Bulletin

More mangroves for Tacloban

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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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