The Philippines is known to be one of the mangrove biodiversity centers in the world (next to Indonesia). Mangroves provide several ecological and socio-economic services to coastal communities valued at US$ 292,000/ha (UNEP 2007). However, there have been massive mangrove losses particularly during the 1970s-1990s periods. Most of these losses can be attributed to conversion to aquaculture ponds particularly in the provinces of Pangasinan and Iloilo. The loss of mangroves may result to increased vulnerability (and reduced resiliency) against natural disasters such as typhoon and storm surge. The projected impacts of climate change, primarily sea level rise (McIvor et al. 2013; Gilman et al. 2008), will further reduce mangrove areas in the country. To address mangrove degradation, various mangrove planting programs have been implemented in the last thirty years. However, most of these planting programs are located in suboptimal conditions, hence survival is low and growth is stunted (Salmo III et al. 2013). There are limited studies that quantifiably document the contribution of these planting programs. Understanding the role of mangroves in enhancing coastal ecosystem health, and providing evidences that it will save lives and properties will be vital in crafting policies that will govern mangrove management. We welcome volunteers – researchers, students, advocates -to help us generate information and knowledge about Philippine mangroves. Together, we can make a progressive approach on mangrove research and management!
The project participated and presented posters/papers in the 39th Annual Scientific Meeting of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST; 13-14 July 2017 in Manila Hotel) and in the 14th National Symposium in Marine Science (14-16 July 2017 in Nasugbu, Batangas).
Completed! Thanks to the partners and to the co-host local government of Palompon, Leyte
3rd Project Partners’ Meeting (Palompon, Leyte; 9-12 June 2017)
The proceedings was featured in a news article below on 1 May 2017:
The project sponsored the Partners’ Training on Mangrove Vegetation, Elevation and Carbon Stock Assessment (Luzon) held in Masinloc, Zambales on 10-11 September 2016. The activity was held in partnership with the municipal government of Masinloc. This event also saw the installation of the first rod Surface Elevation Table (rSET) funded by a project partner. A similar mangrove training will be held for partners from the Visayas region soon.
Dr. Salmo (Principal Investigator) and Ms. Kayla Castro (Research Assistant) attended the Mangrove and Macrobenthos Meeting 4 held in St Augustine, Florida, USA on 17-22 July 2016. Two studies were presented, “Comparative assessment of damages and regeneration patterns between planted and natural mangrove stands after catastrophic typhoons in the Philippines” (oral) and “A multidisciplinary approach in assessing typhoon-damaged mangrove forests in the Philippines” (poster). Some photos here.