Tag Archives: Mangrove Ecosystem

Remote Locations

Spent four days in a remote location. I was trying to practice night photography during one of those free times at night.  Power plants have to be in remote locations which is the norm but no one can stop population growth and urbanization that one day, remote locations are no longer remote anymore. We may have to move these power generating facilities offshore.  If we come to think of it, maybe the aggregate impact of population growth and uncontrolled urbanization without adequate land use planning may emit more greenhouse gas than a thermal power plant, just may be, but without the proper inventory we really could not tell.

2 Comments

October 6, 2013 · 12:29 pm

‘Lolong’ Dies In Captivity…Mourning Mode

taken from professional heckler…

It is really sad to hear the news of Lolong dying in captivity.  Not only of the townsfolk where he had spent his last days but generally the wildlife and biodiversity situation here in the Philippines. The Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau and the local government unit which captured the crocodile were not in good terms in terms of handling the world’s largest crocodile, somewhat, I do agree with PETA’s stance to release the crocodile to wild  that can assure its  physical health while in its natural habitat, but the problem however is that his natural habitat is now shared with the local people who occasionally fall prey to the crocodiles.

2 Comments

Filed under Biodiversity, Ecotourism, Sustainability

30,000 mangrove propagules to be planted in Oriental Mindoro town

30,000 mangrove propagules to be planted in Oriental Mindoro town.

By

MANILA, Philippines—Some 30,000 mangrove propagules will be planted in Oriental Mindoro as part of a rehabilitation project in Baco town, a conservation group said Friday.

Implementing agency Conservation International (CI)-Philippines said that the project, launched on Thursday in coordination with 37-year-old Consular Corps of the Philippines (CCP), was part of the province’s climate change adaptation efforts and was the initial salvo to take mangrove rehabilitation efforts further.

It was launched alongside Strategic Intervention and Community-focused Action towards Development (SICAD) for a holistic and integrated approach to getting rid of poverty in the coastal communities by making them development partners.

According to CI-Philippines, the Bantay Dagat group of Baco will monitor and take care of the site to ensure high survival rate while the municipality will be establishing new marine protected areas as part of its climate change adaptation and coastal resources management efforts.

Oriental Mindoro Governor Alfonso Umali, who was present during the launch, said the province was determined to conduct this “honest-to-goodness coastal resource management development program, dispensing with the idea that this is only for publicity.”

The initial batch of Rhizophora mangrove propagules were planted in Pulantubig village (previously known as Mayagao) in Baco town—a part of the Verde Island Passage, a globally-important marine biodiversity area and one of CI-Philippines’s priority project sites.

The said variety was chosen as it was the most appropriate to the conditions in the project site, a sand bar and river delta formation, and will most likely thrive in the area. The project site acts as a natural barrier to the community against strong waves.

But the area has become more vulnerable after suffering losses in mangroves and Romeo Trono, CI-Philippines country executive director, saw the rehabilitation project as one of the “most cost-effective ways of enhancing a community’s capacity to adapt to climate change impacts.”

“Mangrove belts protect communities from storm damages and help stabilize coastlines.”

CI-Philippines said that propagating a mix of true mangrove and associated species that will improve the stability of coastal ecosystems in the area and give the community with protection from climatic factors and other natural events.

While it improves coastal protection in the area, the project is also expected to “provide additional benefits to fisherfok engaged in aquasilvi projects or crab culture,” said Marilyn Alcañices, head of the Fishery and Coastal Resources Management Division of Oriental Mindoro’s Provincial Agriculture Office (PAgO).

According to her, the project will help “increase aquasilvi project sites and increase the population of crablets and  other marine finfish like milkfish, grouper that need mangrove areas as their nursery and feeding  grounds.”

The Bantay Dagat group of Baco will take on the task of monitoring and taking care of the planting site to ensure a high survival rate. As part of its climate change adaptation and coastal resources management efforts, the town is also in the process of establishing new marine protected areas.

2 Comments

Filed under Biodiversity, Disaster Management, GHG Mitigation Effort, Pollution Control, Sustainability

Diesel leak from Napocor facility threatens Quezon mangrove–NDRRMC

Diesel leak from Napocor facility threatens Quezon mangrove–NDRRMC.

MANILA, Philippines — A diesel leak from a generator of the National Power Corp has reached the mangrove of a village in Quezon, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council warned.

About 10,000 liters have leaked since Wednesday night and was now threatening to destroy the mangrove in Tumalaya village, Polilio Island, the NDRRMC said.

But the NDRRMC said that Mayor Jeorge Verzosa was informed about the incident Tuesday night.

However, no fish kill or marine damages have been reported so far, the NDRRMC said.

The NDRRMC said the cause of the spill was under invesitgation.

Verzosa and local officials went to the site to check the extent of the spill.

Some residents also volunteered to help remove the diesel from the water, the NDRRMC said.

Leave a comment

Filed under Corporate Social Responsibility, Disaster Management, Ecotourism, Pollution Control

Manila Bay plan splits Aguilars of Las Piñas

Manila Bay plan splits Aguilars of Las Piñas.

Someone once told me that I should now start selling our property because people now still do not have an idea that climate change will soon impact our community and what was once land will soon be water reclaimed by sea. It was quite depressing because I believe what he said was true, if the value of the Boulevard 2000 project is 100,000.00 per square meter, that will be devalued once the sea level starts to rise. It would be very easy to sell now because most people could not foresee the impacts of Climate Change in the city. For most, value today is better than value for the future…but as taught by Prof. Cielito Habito, true and sincere development is sustainable development.

Most of the local people I know in my community have no idea what Climate Change is and my family have repeatedly insulted my intelligence because they do not understand what my work is all about.  They do not speak to me yet they make assumptions about who I am.   I barely could speak to someone with a global perspective. All they can think about is power and how to stay in power. Lack of awareness is contagious, any dumbass can rise to power and force upon their misconceptions to everyone and I know most local governments face the same scenario where nothing happens because rather than strive for continual improvement, maintaining the status quo is far more important.We do not need piece meal ordinances that do not serve the good of the majority, what a city needs is a Strategic Environmental Plan, identifying significant environmental impacts through a strategic environmental assessment.

I truly appreciate Hong Kong, however Gina Lopez brainwashes us that we could never be like Hong Kong or Singapore.  First, Hong Kong implements an ecosystem compensation scheme where as a condition for proponents, environmental restoration efforts shall be implemented equal to the environmental costs of any development. The advantage of Hong Kong is that it has a mature environmental impact assessment system that considers the full economic costs and benefits of a development proposal. They have to do this because they have limited resources.

The article I shared from the PDI is full of misconceptions, that has been the style of Philippine Media. Less substance and more showbiz with bits and pieces of insignificance. Education is slowly degrading…critical thinking is considered an ingratitude, forcing upon us dumbness to the maximum level.

I would like to share the announcement of the World Resources Institute. Local government who are partners of ICLEI are now starting to develop and implement GHG inventories. I do not know anyone from my community would appreciates it or would make a comment.   It is like I am living an oxymoron, I am trying my best to become a GHG verifier yet I live in a City that would truly fail in such international standard because policy-makers are not aware of the basics of sustainable development, something as basic as thinking about the future of our children.

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Biodiversity, Climate Change, Disaster Management, Ecotourism, Fast Food Greenwash, GHG Mitigation Effort, Greenwash