Conservation benefit: Protection of 132 acres of mangrove forest for 30 years; mangrove nursery
Community benefit: Daycare center
The Philippine island of Mindoro is a global conservation priority: It has hundreds of endemic plant and animal species and a great diversity of habitats, and it faces serious environmental threats. The island’s Naujan Lake National Park is an IUCN Key Biodiversity Area and a Ramsar wetland of international importance.
This project will protect a mangrove forest, adjacent to the national park, that is under threat from conversion to fish ponds. If it continues to decline, there will be fewer fish and other marine creatures in the nearby coral reefs and seagrass beds, and coastal communities will be more vulnerable to wave and wind damage. And of course, the carbon sequestered by the mangrove ecosystem will be released into the atmosphere.
The local women’s organization will lead the protection effort. Two local groups, Forest Rangers and Fish Wardens, have been deputized by the municipal government and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to enforce forest protection rules and are already conducting patrols. They will also put in a mangrove nursery to propagate seedlings.
The village has no daycare center, and the Seacology grant will be used to build one. Parents will no longer need to take their young children across a narrow bamboo footbridge—treacherous in the rainy season, when there are high tides and strong winds—to get to a facility in the next village.Full or partial funding for this project provided by