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Play for the Mangroves


Conservation benefit: Environmental education, mangrove protection and restoration

Community benefit: Sports equipment and training for youth

Date Approved: 06.2023


This project protects mangroves, which trap more CO2 than any other kind of forest and as a result, slow global warming.

Building on our success in the Dominican Republic, this project expands Seacology’s Play for the Mangroves program to children and youth in the Philippines.

Many young islanders need education about how healthy mangrove ecosystems reduce storm damage, nurture and protect reef fish, and augment livelihoods by providing the foundation for locally based ecotourism. They need to know that mangroves fight global warming by storing huge amounts of carbon. And that because mangroves grow on coasts, where people build towns and cities, they in constant danger of being destroyed by human activities.

In the Dominican Republic, we are pairing mangrove education with sports. Kids get baseball and volleyball equipment and training, plus hands-on environmental education. We have been delighted to see that the kids are enthusiastic about all aspects of the program. Sure, they love the games and gear—but they also show great interest and pride in learning about their local environment. At Play for the Mangroves events, teenagers cheerfully wade through the water to plant tree seedlings and vie to answer questions about mangrove species and ecology.

This program is a trial to see whether we can adapt the DR model to the Philippines, a nation of more than 7,000 islands that are home 46 of the world’s 70 mangrove species.

Project Updates

February 2024

Two test sites have been identified. In December 2023, Seacology’s PFTMP Representative Ricel Almadovar visited the test site of Lobo. Next steps are to discuss with school staff the plans for the mangrove module, sports field day program, and recruitment for a pre-survey that will be used to evaluate this pilot program. The other location, Gubat, is a bit farther along in planning; the primary hurdle so far is navigating school schedules. Ricel reports that people at both locations are excited about the program.

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