Community-based restoration of the mangroves in the Philippines

Community-based restoration of the mangroves in the Philippines

Mangroves are among the most valuable coastal ecosystems. They provide habitats for species of marine fauna and flora, especially breeding and nesting grounds for fish, along with food and livelihoods for local communities. Very importantly, they can provide protection from the impacts of climate change, including sea-level rises and coastal erosion caused by storm surges and extreme weather events. Because of their importance, several community-based mangrove restoration projects have been implemented in the Philippines aimed at protecting and rehabilitating this all important ecosystem. Sound mangrove management can provide adaptation strategies such as increasing resilience of the coastal line and its inhabitants, as well as providing new livelihoods options to the local communities.

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