While visiting Pangasinan in the Philippines, I spent a day at a 5-hectre mangrove nurturing facility and park overlooking Hundred Islands. It was fascinating to hear and see all about mangroves - their growth process, as well as their importance.
In Pangasinan, the local government is making every effort to plant thousands of mangroves each year. Mangroves are important in so many ways. They help protect coastal land, act as a filtering system, trap debris and silt, produce nutrients to help nurture marine life and serve as a nursery, refuge and habitat for much wildlife. And of course they are beautiful to look at!
After walking the bamboo bridges out to the sea and wading through lovely soft mud, we got our hands nicely grubby and planted over 25 mangroves! Hooray!