Mangroves for Mankind: Mangrove Planting ActivityActivity
(Activity: 24 January 2015) The One Direction Philippines (1DPH) Fan Club is inviting young people who want to break free from stereotypes and show their love for the environment to a mangrove planting activity on 24 January 2015 in Aloguinsan, Cebu.
The event, entitled Mangroves for Mankind will be held within the Tañon Strait Protected Seascape, the largest protected area (PA) in the country. Located between the islands of Negros and Cebu, Tañon Strait serves as an important migration route of whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals. It is also one of the country’s top 10 major fishing grounds and leading exporter of fishery products. With its vast marine wealth, it was proclaimed a protected seascape under Proclamation 1234 in 1998.
1DPH has teamed up with Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and the local government of Aloguinsan to shift the public eye towards the proper management of protected areas.
Members of 1DPH said they chose this activity to bring more attention to Tañon Strait since mangroves in this protected seascape have been cut down due to population pressure.
Mangroves are important because they serve as the buffer of coastal communities versus natural calamities such as strong winds, storm surges, tsunamis, and floods. They also serve as nursing grounds for many species of fish. Without healthy mangroves, the livelihood of cities and communities that depend on fisheries and aquaculture will be put at grave risk.
Although the DENR and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) have been rehabilitating Tañon Strait Protected Seascape since 2012, they need all the help they can get especially from the youth.
“Taking care of the area is a continuous effort,” said Protected Area Superintendent Viernov Grefalde. “The 1DPH mangrove planting activity will help lesser-known marine protected areas take center stage. It will help inform the public why it is important to conserve the Tañon Strait Protected Seascape and what they can do to protect it.”
Participants who sign up and join the event are eligible to join the raffle to win concert tickets to the One Direction concert in Indonesia on 25 March 2015 at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Central Jakarta.
1DPH will use hashtags #A1D (AID) and #Mangroves4Mankind to promote the event in social media sites. Contact Helen Steiro or Charmaine Mallari at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.