This project is planting mangroves of the genus Rhizophora among others. Credit: Reinaldo Aguinar

About the Mangrove Rehabilitation for Coastal Resilience in the Philippines Project:

American Forests and the Zoological Society of London in the Philippines are reforesting 37 acres of abandoned, unutilized and unproductive fishponds in the municipality of Pulupandan in the Phillipines with more than 37,500 mangroves to restore the original ecosystem.

Global ReLeaf provides forests like this — and the communities that depend on them — with the restoration they need to thrive. Since 1990, American Forests has brought ReLeaf to forests in all 50 states and 45 countries, planting more than 45 million trees in the process.

ReLeaf Location:

Pulupandan, Negros Occidental, Phillipines

Key ReLeaf Activities:

  • Planting 33,750 mangrove trees across 37 acres
  • Restoring coastal ecosystems
  • Educating community leaders about mangroves

Why This ReLeaf Project?

Since 1980, between 20 and 35 percent of global mangroves have been lost and more than one in six mangrove species are currently under threat of extinction. In the early 1990s, there were more than 1 million acres of mangrove forest and brackish-water wetlands in the Philippines. Today, fewer than 640,000 acres remain. Much of this mangrove loss is from industrial farming practices and seaside development.

Why Mangroves?

For many coastal communities, mangrove ecosystems provide livelihoods and essential sources of protein. Mangrove systems are also thought to directly or indirectly impact up to 80 percent of global fish catches and are therefore one of the most economically significant ecosystems on the planet, currently valued globally at $1.6 billion.

Mangroves also provide coastal protection. This is particularly important with the increasing scale and frequency of storms, typhoons and tsunamis associated with climate change. In addition, there is an increasing body of evidence that mangroves could in fact be one of the most efficient carbon sinks in the biosphere, making them even more important in the struggle to mitigate climate change.


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