Teeming in all the bays. The plantations in Pujada Bay. Mati City, Davao Oriental, one of the most beautiful bays in the world, is in full swing. Just for the Malizia Mangrove Project, we planted over 350,000 mangroves in four weeks. Please follow the counter. It is constantly updated and can be viewed here:

An amazing performance by our planters. Despite a few interruptions due to heavy rain or the brooding sun, which reached temperatures of up to 43 degrees Celsius at lunchtime, we are carrying on, because we are aiming for the two million mark by the end of the year.
Everyone is highly motivated because they can see how much progress is being made, but also because a lot of money is flowing into the small communities. And this is urgently needed, as parents now have to find school fees to enrol their children, have uniforms sewn and buy teaching materials – often on credit from relatives and sometimes even from loan sharks who charge outrageous interest rates. The payments for rearing and planting the mangroves are a welcome source of income.

The Mama Earth plantations are also lessons for the students. They monitor the growth of individual species.

We are also trying to plant larger mangroves to protect the small seedlings behind them from waves.

lanting mangroves is hard work and very strenuous, as the temperatures are particularly high in May, June and July. The holes are first pierced with a sharpened steel rod and then widened by moving the rod. In most cases, the hole has to be widened by hand to insert the seedling.

Pujaha Bay is fully planted with around two million mangroves. We have done our work here, but are already preparing the next planting areas. The decades of overexploitation of the mangroves is deplorable, but can no longer be changed.
Complaining won’t help. We must now work together to ensure that these negative interventions can no longer take place, but we must also all do something to promote reforestation. We can now see that we have been able to close many wounds with the reforestation. As the mangroves in the Philippines have been strictly protected for over two decades, there has been a welcome increase in the number of mangroves. It is therefore worthwhile being part of our reforestation efforts. Get involved.

For the reforestation of the mangroves, we are currently using eleven different species that have been identified by the team of Professor Lea Jimenez, Marine Science Research Center, Davao Oriental State University in Mati. Following this planting scheme and measuring the planting area to determine the number of seedlings, we set up our simple nurseries. The framework is bamboo and the roofs are made of palm fronds. These are all materials that we receive free of charge from the small communities. We only pay a few pesos to the people who put everything together, because it is usually the men from the fishing families who raise and plant the seedlings. Our program is designed so that your money benefits the project and does not flow into superfluous expenses.

Sorting work to release 9,000 Pagatpat seedlings into the wild.

A detailed map is drawn up before each planting.

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