DENR spent P38 million for reforestation of marshland PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 January 2016 14:20

By NONOY E LACSON

 

The Department of Environment and Natural  Resources (DENR) in this city has spent about P38 Million this year  to reforest some 3,372  hectares of  denuded marshland to mangroves  and beach forest .

The amount spent and  areas that were reforested were contained in a yearend report  prepared by DENR- Zamboanga City Community Environment and Natural Resources  Officer Ben Acana.

The report stated that  the  office of CENRO here has   reforested a total of  3,372  hectares of  denuded marshland to mangroves   and beach forest in  elevated areas.

The added that the office has budgeted  P11,000 per hectares of marshland  for the reforestation  of mangroves and planting of propagules.

Acana explained that mangroves   serves as coastal protection of  this city, buffer zone  to storm surge during typhoon and   site of  livelihood to  fishermen.

It has also been noted that only the eastern  coastal  site of the city have been planted with mangroves  and  beach trees, but Acana was quick to answer that the western site  or district of the city is facing the  Sulu Sea and the coastal sites   does not have marshland or an  areas where they can plan mangroves propagules.

The report of Acana  also indicated that about 500 hectares  of  marshland  located  in the villages  of Mampang, Talon-Talon and  Sacol island, is now  in full grown and was observed of  becoming  the  sites of  the different wild birds species.

The report  also stated that  DENR-CENRO   conducted an intensive planting of  propagules  in the marshland  areas of the villages of Sacol Island, Taluksangay, Panubigan, Curuan,  the two Sta Cruz islands and Landang Gua with a  combined coastal marsh land area of about 2,800 hectares.

While beach trees like Talisay and Bitaog were  planted   in upland areas, few meters away from the marsh land area, the report of Acana stated.

In his report explanation, Acana  said that mangroves is one of the  component of  coastal marine ecosystem which is the source of  marine products and diverse fishery resources.

It also  served 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. — Nonoy E. Lacson