Philippine Mangroves

dscf9664The 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!

Upcoming event!

3rd State of the Mangrove Summit: Central and Eastern Visayas
March 23, 2018 | Tacloban, Leyte.

The project presented four studies in the 3rd SCESAP International Biodiversity Symposium held in Cebu City on 4-9 December 2017. Details and photos can be found in this link.

We congratulate Mr. Jumel Christian Nicha for completing his M.Sc. degree! The project has two M.Sc. ES students (Ms. Lara Mendoza and Mr. Luis Capua, Jr.) and four B.Sc. ES students (Ms. Celine Campos, Ms. Tin Dalida, Mr. Bill Dimalanta, and Ms. Ginny Tiongson) working on mangrove/marine ecology. The updated personnel can be found in this link.

The project made several oral and poster presentations in the 2nd ASEAN Mangrove Congress held in Conrad Hotel, Manila on 4-8 September 2017.

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)


Congratulations to project-sponsored M.Sc. thesis proposal defenses and for the completion of B.Sc. and M.Sc. theses!

The 1st State of the Mangrove Summit: Southern Luzon Proceedings is now available. The entire proceedings (and specific manuscripts) are available for download here.

The proceedings was featured in a news article below on 1 May 2017:

Mangroves are ecologically disturbed_Tacio 2017

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2nd State of the Mangroves Summit: Southern Luzon

Participants of the 2nd Mangrove Summit coming from the academe, government and NGOs
Participants of the 2nd Mangrove Summit coming from the academe, government and NGOs

The 2nd State of the Mangroves Summit was held at the Faber Hall of Ateneo de Manila University on October 1-2, 2015. This event was part of a series of Mangrove Summits that focus on the state of mangroves, and mangrove management all around the Philippines. The 2-day summit was hosted by Ms. Abigail Favis, a faculty of Ateneo’s Environmental Science Department and Campus Sustainability Program Manager of Ateneo’s Institute of Sustainability. A total of 48 participants attended the summit. The participants came from the academe, national and local government agencies, and environmental NGOs.

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ADMU holds 1st State of the Mangroves: Northwestern Luzon

IMG_5517The Department of Environmental Science of the Ateneo de Manila University successfully hosted the 1st State of the Mangroves Summit: Northwestern Luzon on October 23-24, 2014, with more than 50 participants coming from the academe, national agencies, various NGOs, and local government units found along the coast of Northwestern Luzon.

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1st State of the Mangroves Summit: Northwestern Luzon

The Ateneo de Manila University is hosting the 1st State of the Mangroves Summit: Northwestern Luzon on October 23-24, 2014.

Participants include representatives from the Provincial Governments of Bulacan, Bataan, Zambales, Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, and Cagayan; the Municipal Offices of Masinloc, Zambales and Bani, Pangasinan; the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority; the Department of Environment and Natural Resources; and other institutions involved in mangrove management in the Philippines.

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