Southeast Asia Fisheries Development Center Scientist Emerita and Zoological Society of London (ZSL) Chief Mangrove Scientific Advisor Dr. Jurgenne Primavera reported that the ‘region has the highest rate of mangrove loss.’
Mangrove protection and restoration could be an economic way of mitigating greenhouse gases to curb global warming, research suggests.
In a twist of fate, Josephine Castro, assistant manager for reclamation of the Philippine Reclamation Authority, pointed out that the lagoons themselves where they became the bird’s sanctuary were on land that was reclaimed from the bay in the 1970s but never developed as originally planned.
The production of tannin have decreased tremendously due to the careless harvesting of mangrove tanbarks.
Based on Philippine experience, mangrove areas are fast diminishing according to the Department of Science and Technology (DoST) and the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Resources, Research and Development (PCARRD).