Farmers allowed to develop mangrove area-A A +A
Friday, December 14, 2012
THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has given a fishermen’s group the go signal to develop a 69.3 hectares mangrove area in two villages of Isabel, Leyte.
The project will be pushed through, following the signing of memorandum of agreement (MOA) between officials of the DENR, local government unit of Isabel, and the Leyte Agriculture Producer Cooperative (Lapco).
“We have given them the right of use to ensure sustainability of the proposed project. Regular monitoring will held to ensure survival and sustainability of the mangrove plants,” said DENR Regional Executive Director Manolito Ragub during the signing the deal.
Lapco adviser Rogelio Tantuico said that mangrove covers along the coastal areas of Barangays Apale and Tolingon appears to be remarkably densed.
“There are pocket areas which have been severely degraded and needs reforestation. Degraded areas were converted into a fish pond without lease agreement and operators cut all mangroves,” Tantuico said.
Under the deal, the local government of Isabel is expected to incorporate the mangrove reforestation project in the formulation of the Municipal Coastal Resource Management Plan. They are also tasked to assist Lapco in securing technical and financial aid.
The project is part of the of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources’ (BFAR) aquasilviculture project with three components - establishment of community-based multi-species hatchery, culturing of mudcrab in mangrove areas, and mangrove reforestation.
BFAR has forged an agreement with eight State Universities and Colleges in the implementation of P23 million aquasilviculture project in the region. Lapco has tapped the Visayas State University for consultancy services. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)