List of completed activities.

The 3rd State of the Mangrove Summit: Central and Eastern Visayas was just finished. Please keep visiting this page for post-summit updates.

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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The National Seagrass-Mangrove Bioshield Conference, 26-27 May 2016. The conference proceedings can be found here.


Second Project Partner’s Meeting on 25 May 2016, 1 PM at the Ateneo de Manila University.


Undergraduate Thesis Defense

Congratulations to Raisa Pandan for successfully defending her thesis on 6 May 2016. The thesis is entitled, “A Metagenomic Study on Typhoon-Struck Mangroves in Bantayan Island, Cebu“.  The study is a pioneering attempt in documenting microbial community in  sediments in Philippine mangroves.

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Congratulations to Ghie Legaspi for successfully defending her thesis on 4 May 2016. The thesis is entitled, “Assessment of Seedling Recruitment and Sediment Physico-Chemical Parameters in Mangroves Damaged by Typhoon Haiyan in Bantayan Island, Cebu”.


Congratulations to Mara Gallmann for successfully defending her thesis on 15 April 2016. The thesis is entitled, “Brachyuran Herbivory and Burrowing in Typhoon Haiyan Affected Mangroves in Bantayan Island, Cebu“.

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Poster Presentation in the 1st International DOST-SEI ASTHRDP-NSC Scholar’s Conference, 7-8 April 2016

Meeting with USAID and NAS

The project hosted the meeting with USAID and the National Academy of Sciences on 5 April 2016 in the Ateneo de Manila University. The meeting was attended by Ms. Kelly Robbins, Dr. Cameron Bess and Mr. Randy Vinluan together with the project research team, graduate and undergraduate students, Dr. Emilyn Espiritu (Associate Dean for Research and Creative Work) and Dr. Evangeline Bautista (Dean, School of Science and Engineering).

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Available now, download the 1st State of the Mangrove Summit: Northwestern Luzon Proceedings

1st State of the Mangrove Summit Proceedings (Northwestern Luzon)

ADMU holds 1st State of the Mangroves: Northwestern Luzon


The 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.

The summit, which was carried out with support from the Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR – BMB), and Conservation International – Philippines (CI-P), served as a venue for participants to share and discuss data on the status of mangroves in their respective localities. Information drawn from the summit will be integrated into a consolidated mangrove database that will be made accessible to everyone.

Being the first of its kind to be held in the country, the summit will also serve as a precedent for a bigger national summit on mangroves to take place on a regular biannual basis, and an initial step towards the formulation of a national plan of action to enhance mangrove management in the country.

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