Adopting a 10-hectare Mangrove Plantation in Calatagan
To help protect the Calatagan coastline in Batangas, South Luzon Thermal Energy Corporation (SLTEC) has collaborated with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to support and monitor the growth of a 10-hectare mangrove plantation in the province.
The mangrove adoption underpins the National Greening Program of the DENR that aims to onboard responsible stewards of nature to restore, rehabilitate and develop the wide expanses of wetlands.
As a critical component of the Philippine marine ecosystems, mangroves are rich in biodiversity. They grow to have tangled root systems that form dense thickets, protecting coastlines from wind and waves during typhoons and other natural disasters while also serving as fish nurseries for many species of marine life. The number of mangroves in the country and around the world have dwindled at an alarming rate due to threats such as pollution, habitat destruction and overpopulation.
Restoring the mangrove forests have immense ecological benefits and will also help mitigate the effects of climate change. With the public and private sectors coming together in a fruitful collaboration for the environment, the local community are ensured of its success.
The mangrove adoption is the latest foray of the power plant in strengthening its initiatives anchored on sustainability. Previously, SLTEC had adopted a 1 km stretch of Sinisian River as part of the Adopt-a-Water-Body Program of the DENR to restore the environmental quality of creeks and rivers In the country. In 2018, SLTEC was recognized by the Environment Management Bureau of the DENR for the plant’s Best Available Practices geared towards sustainability.
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