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Coastal communities in Ilocos Norte work together to safeguard mangroves.

The local government unit of Currimao in Ilocos Norte will construct a renovated mangrove picnic area as part of its enhanced mangrove regeneration initiative, which encourages coastal communities to participate.

In 2016, the provincial environment department and other support agencies collaborated on a two-hectare mangrove plantation project in Barangay Maglaoi Sur.

Municipal agriculturist and environment officer Ericson Biag designated the Currimao government to be in charge of the rehabilitation project, which includes the construction of the picnic park and the planting of new mangrove seeds or propagules, to ensure its maintenance and development.

“On Friday, over 50 people, largely locals, planted at least 2,000 mangrove propagules at the site,” he added in an interview on Sunday.

Because they are frequently struck by typhoons, coastal inhabitants, according to Biag, are well aware of the importance of mangroves.

According to environmental specialists, mangroves provide life support to around 75 percent of the area’s fish, crustaceans, and fauna.

Mangroves can live for up to 100 years if left alone, and the more mature they get, the more they benefit the marine ecosystem.

Members of the provincial government, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and other stakeholders continue to plant thousands of mangrove propagules along the 155-kilometer coastline in support of the national greening effort.

Residents have been taught how to produce, preserve, and conserve mangroves by the municipal agricultural office.

Villagers and fishermen agreed to be plantation caretakers until the trees were completely grown.

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