By Rjhay E. Laurea
MANILA — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recently intensified the mangrove planting activity in a Ramsar site in Pampanga.
DENR’s Strategic Communication and Initiatives Service (SCIS) Director Hiro Masuda led the conduct of a mangrove planting activity in Sasmuan Pampanga Coastal Wetland (SPWC) in line with the observance of National Disaster Resilience Month.
A Ramsar Site is a wetland site designated to be of international importance under the Ramsar Convention which is a convention on wetlands and an intergovernmental environmental treaty established in 1971 by UNESCO, which came into force in 1975.
It provides for national action and international cooperation regarding the conservation of wetlands, and wise sustainable use of their resources.
Ramsar identifies wetlands of international importance, especially those providing waterfowl habitat.
Furthermore, mangrove plants are important to the ecosystem because it absorbs shock due to the earthquake or tsunamis. It also helps reduce the high tides and waves and prevents soil erosion.
The SPWC was officially declared as a Ramsar Site in February 2020. Two of the Mangrove plant species are already planted in it to help the ecosystem and these are bakauan-lalaki and bakauan-babae.
Officials of Brgy. Batang 2nd in Sasmuan Pampanga were present in the activity headed by Brgy. Captain Amanda Coronel and Kgd. Vicky Mangalindan; the National Bike Org. Director Benedict Camara and Manila Standard Circulation Manager Edgar Valmorida were also present in the said activity.
DENR said Mangroves will help our ecosystem metabolize all the disaster and we should keep it from being harmed.
Not just the ecosystem will benefit from these plants but mankind as well, and its benefits are prevention from damage caused by storms, and soil erosion mitigation among others.
The late former Environment Secretary Gina Lopez announced the massive planting of mangroves under the Enhanced National Greening Program. Remembering how a couple survived a storm surge brought by Yolanda, Cerilo and Ester del Rosario were found alive clinging to mangrove stands in front of their house.
The DENR is following her footstep in making a sustainable, reliable ecosystem. Which makes sense since our planet is experiencing climate changes.
More programs are in line for implementation by the DENR. Its purpose is to let mangroves flourish outside of our houses without harm in our environments. (ai/mtvn)