The action begins
We are back from the summer break even though we didn‘t have one. The preparations for our big mangrove planting campaign in Mati kept us busy all the time. In the meantime, over 127 hectares have been measured, so over a million mangroves can be planted. Preparations are ongoing, but a few more votes are needed. In the first round, 100,000 mangroves are grown in several backyard nurseries to make it sure locals have additional income. We are planting these together with the women‘s initiative, which is active in 16 towns around the bay. See our work report from July 2020.
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100 Euro/US-Dollar/5,780 Peso
The white areas show the newly surveyed areas, which together cover over 127 hectares.
One of the polygons in detail. Our forest manager and five foresters from Mati have walked all areas to make the maps.
All available vehicles were loaded with mangroves.
Our partners in Mati did a great job.
Mayor Michelle Marie Denise Rabate is our patron for the campaign. Our mangrove planting activities are monitored by Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology. Together with our forest managers, the students will not only monitor the growing in the nurseries and will constantly monitor the planting areas, they will also prepare studies on the mangroves as part of their job training, all of which will be made publicly available. Among other things, a robust study under the direction of Dr. Lea AngSinco-Jiminec, which measures the input of C02 into the sediments.
Here is a small explanation: In all scientific reports there is no reliable figure to be found that deter-mines how much CO2 is stored by a mangrove per year. We know, as can be read in our eBook-let, that the first few years they do not have a huge effect, but after our rehearsals we are able to fall back on the figures from the Mangrove Expert Dr. Lea AngSinco-Jimenec were measured with their students..
The information in scientific articles varies from 10 to 50 kilos per year and plant. We calculate with the lowest value, i.e. 10 kilograms, and are therefore on the safe side. The average lifespan of a mangrove is 25 years, so it will bind at least 250 kilograms of CO2. The interesting thing about the mangroves, which is why they are also known as CO2 eater, is that the roots remain in the soil after the plants have died, including the CO2. Therefore, there is a rule of thumb that states that mangroves can bind up to five times more CO2 than a tree, even though its wood consists of al-most 50 percent carbon. But this statement should also be treated with caution, because the sapwood in a tree trunk, i.e. its water pipes, which them-selves have to supply the leaves in the crown, can contain up to two-thirds of water in the rainy sea-son. We do not want to argue about percentage points, but rather fill this campaign with life to-gether with you. As usual, we ask you to donate many mangroves, but also to send the link for our small eBooklet to friends, acquaintances, and rela-tives (link next page).
The planting of the mangroves in Mati has a good signal effect and shows that it was right to consistently place the mangroves in the Philippines under nature protection years ago. We will combine the one million mangroves with the existing mangrove forests into a nature park. The communities, but also the schools, are involved.
The mangrove counter on our website now stands at 1,450,000, almost all of which were planted in the Gulf of Davao. With our new campaign in Mati, one bay further as the map shows, the goal has shifted to 2,500,000 million. We have already achieved 58 percent of this new target.
How we make action totally transparent? Very simple: We publish the plantings monthly and accompany them with recordings videos from our drone, but also with Google Earth maps. The good thing about Google Earth is that you can use the time slider in the left corner to see the situation before and after planting. There is a KML file for each of the individual areas so that you can fly to the planting areas by double-clicking in the Explorer.
Sorry for the many words, but this action is a big task and a giant step for Mama Earth.
Thank you for your precious time