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protecting Philippine coastal areas

Mangroves create a natural breakwater but Manila is focused on man-made interventions to protect against future storms.In Haiyan’s wake, several coastal communities began mangrove reforestation efforts, arguing nature was the most effective way to deal with the effects of climate change. Four villages in Silago were among the first to start, working with NGOs and village officials to begin planting a year after the disaster. The characteristic bulbous roots and flat leaves of the varying types of mangrove now line 215sq km (83 sq miles) of the town’s coastal area.The Philippines is home to 46 of the world’s 70 species of mangrove trees and shrubs, which thrive in the tidal saltwater shallows where the land meets the sea. While research has shown the plants help reduce coastal communities’ vulnerability to tsunamis and storm surges, they are also under threat. The Philippines is estimated to have lost about 49 percent of its mangrove forests since 1920. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/11/22/10-years-after-haiyan-are-mangroves-protecting-philippine-coastal-areas

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  • CHRIS NGATIA

    20 w

    It's great to see communities in the Philippines recognizing the importance of reforestation

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    • Grace Njeri

      11 w

      @chris_ngatia They understand the importance of reforestation explained by the role trees play on our planet.

    • walter lungayi

      20 w

      Protecting Philippine coastal areas is of utmost importance as they are not only rich in biodiversity but also serve as a vital source of livelihood for many local communities. These coastal areas are home to numerous marine species, including coral reefs, mangroves, and seagrass beds, which provide habitats and breeding grounds for various marine life.

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      • Esther Wanjiku

        20 w

        The ecosystem needs regular interventions such as this to ensure sustainability

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        • Kevin

          20 w

          Impressive interventions

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          • Rashid Kamau

            20 w

            Reforestation of mangrove forests is crucial for protecting coastlines, vital habitats, and improving water quality.

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            • Videlis Eddie

              21 w

              great efforts from the Philippines

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              • Sarah Chabane

                21 w

                Great job!

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                • Rotich Kim

                  21 w

                  The government of Philippines should laid down good plans to ensure coastal area is more safe

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                  • Jane Wangui

                    17 w

                    @rotich_kim Philippines has received lots of climate love nowadays.They are now in the picture regarding climate change.

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                  • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

                    21 w

                    The efforts of Philippine coastal communities to protect their vulnerable areas by focusing on mangrove reforestation represent a commendable and nature-centric approach to climate change adaptation. In the aftermath of the devastating Haiyan typhoon, these communities recognized the vital role of mangroves as a natural breakwater against future storms, and their commitment to reforestation is a testament to the resilience of local initiatives in the face of climate challenges.

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                  • Princess

                    21 w

                    It's great to see communities in the Philippines recognizing the importance of mangrove reforestation in protecting coastal areas.

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                    • rosebellendiritu

                      21 w

                      @princess_nel_268 it's very necessary to protect our ecosystem

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                      • Grace Njeri

                        11 w

                        @princess_nel_268 Protection of adjacent ecosystems is important as these can also help attenuate waves.

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