Capiz LGUs Establish Mangrove Nursery
ROXAS CITY, Capiz (Aug. 26) -- The Municipalities of Pilar, Panay and Ivisan in Capiz have established a mangrove nursery for their respective tree planting activities.
Edwin Borja, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) – Capiz Forest Management Specialist chief and Public Information Officer, said that the mangrove nursery in Ivisan is a tie-up project of the local government unit and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).
The Panay town nursery located at Barangay Buntod is managed by the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer (MENRO) in collaboration with the Katibyugan, a people’s organization in the community.
Panay – MENRO Ramie Detaro said that the nursery supplies mangrove seedlings to the community-based mangrove rehabilitation tie-up project of the municipal government and ZSL.
It is also a source of planting materials of the town’s other coastal villages since it was established about eight years ago, Detaro noted.
In Pilar, the nursery has already provided 5,000 mangrove seedlings in the tree planting activity at Barangay Binaobawan last June.
Also, some organized association of fisherfolks in the Roxas city are preparing mangrove seedlings available for planting as an occasional source of income.
The city boasts of its Culajao Mangrove Eco-Park in Roxas City that stretches within 4.69 hectares and home to diverse marine and mangrove species.
Mangroves protect coastal areas from tidal waves and cyclones.
The tangle of mangrove roots offers safe habitats for fish, shrimp, and oysters. The roots also help stop erosion by anchoring the ground and also lessening the effects of the waves.
The nurseries expected to cope with the needed seedlings in view of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’s (DENR) National Greening Program (NGP) implementation. (AAL/PIA 6 Capiz)