DENR allots P18 million for mangrove rehab in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 July 2014 11:37

The Department of Environment  and Natural Resources (DENR) central office Manila  has allotted P18 million for the Community Environment and Natural Resources  Office (CENRO) in this city  to undertake a  rigid rehabilitation and reforestation on some 1,800 hectares of  coastal  marshes area.

CENRO chief for Zamboanga City Ben Acana said the mangrove reforestation effort will start next month and is expected to complete in December this year.

Acana said that among the coastal marsh areas in this city that will be planted with propagules are the village of  Sacol Island, Taluksangay with a  combined coastal marsh area of about 1,000 hectares  and Landang Gua with about 800 hectares of marsh  area.

He said the  program will be undertaken by residents of the community who will form themselves into a so-called “people’s organization”  to  undertake the  planting of propagules in the identified mangrove reforestation area.

“It is the people of the community who will undertake the planting of propagules in the  identified coastal marsh area. This is also one way of  giving them also a  chance to earn a living through our reforestation program in the community,” Acana explained.

He said the people’s organization will be tasked to plan 10,000 propagules per hectare in the  coastal marsh and they will be paid  P3 per propagule planted.

He further explained that the planting of mangroves in  some coastal marsh in this city is very essential since  mangroves  can serve as  coastal protection of the community, site of  livelihood to  fishermen  and buffer zone  to  storm surge during typhoon.

Acana also said that mangroves is one of the  component of  coastal marine ecosystem which is the source of  marine products and diverse fishery resources.

According to Acana, mangroves  areas also serve as nurseries and feeding grounds for  fish and other marine vertebrates and invertebrates including the prevention of soil erosion  since it contributes to the stabilization of the  coastal marsh area of the community.

Acana emphasized that the unique ecosystem found in the mangrove roots offers a quiet marine region for young organisms.

In areas where roots are permanently submerged, the organisms they host include algae, barnacles, oysters, sponges, and bryozoans while shrimps and mud crabs use the muddy bottoms as their home, he said. — Nonoy E Lacson