BFAR3 CONDUCTS MANGROVE PLANTING IN PAMPANGA
SASMUAN, Pampanga - Around 300 mangrove propagules were directly planted into the demarked shoreline of Barangay San Antonio in an activity held to continue to celebrate and pay tribute to the fisherfolk and to highlight the importance of our coastal resources.
The mangrove planting initiative supports the rehabilitation efforts that BFAR Central Luzon, through its Coastal Resource Management, has and continues to undertake. Together with the MFARMC led by Ka Rey Basco and the fisherfolk in the community, the aim is to restore mangrove ecosystems and to encourage the next generation to take an active interest in their local mangrove forests.
Most of those who volunteered to join in the activity are crab catchers. Mangroves are homes to crabs and more mangroves planted bring in more crabs to support the livelihood of crab catchers. In a few years’ time, the same mangroves will mature and will help protect the community and farm lands from the effects of sea water intrusion. (Photos by Sarah Jane Icaro)