Blue Carbon Conservation
Blue carbon is a term for coastal wetlands that store carbon, this includes mangroves, seagrass and tidal marsh. Mangrove ecosystems are valuable and provide many ecosystem services such as effective carbon storage for climate mitigation. Studies show four to five times higher carbon sequestration of mangroves compared to terrestrial forest! Yet, globally we are losing between 0.2 to 0.7% annually.
Philippines ranks 15th most mangrove-rich countries in the world according to the global mangrove forests distribution, and one of the countries with diverse seagrass species. This is why there is a need to push for its protection to conserve the last remaining blue carbon ecosystems in the country.
Currently, our project is restoring mangrove forest in abandoned fishponds and other restoration sites in the country together with the community and local government units. Please follow us on our journey as a Restoration Steward of the Global Landscapes Forum.
Coral Reef Monitoring
Philippines is one of the mega-diverse countries for harboring wildlife species , and home to unique species of corals and diverse fish which considers the country to be in the coral triangle along with Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. With the onset of global warming oceans and local threats, coral reefs are facing challenges to survive. Coral bleaching and mortality are becoming widespread.
Our goal is to collect real-time temperature data and detect increase in temperatures in specific areas of the country and work together with local officials to reduce the local threats for the reefs to recover. We will be contributing to the worldwide data of coral reef monitoring. Watch out for this page soon.
Communities need to be resilient in a changing environment through receiving access to knowledge and resources, capacity building, education and engagement in order to safeguard nature and offer food security for the generations to come.
Our goal is to find sustainable ways to provide food security and alternative livelihood while safeguarding the marine resources. We work together with people’s association, youth and local government units for the area to become sustainable and self-sufficient in the long-term.
Ocean education and outreach
Filipino people have limited access to marine environmental education even if our country sits in one of the biodiverse marine life in the world. We want to invest in the future of the Filipino people through the right of marine environmental education in local communities and create marine-field programs to better appreciate our marine life.
We are currently creating ocean storybooks to local children and translated to local and international languages.