In the Philippines, the period from mid-December to early January is traditionally used to visit relatives. Buses and roads, ferries and hotels are correspondingly crowded. Due to the many islands, journeys are sometimes difficult, but all efforts are swallowed for the family celebrations. Thus, the first week of the new year went by in order to be able to deploy the monitoring teams in full force again.
21 thick mahogany trees were processed into planks with chain saws. All 3.60 metres long and five centimetres thick, but with different widths due to the trunk. It is a pity about the beautiful trees, but as already mentioned in the December work report, it is also our aim to take the pressure off the remaining forests by planting timber. Timber is in increasing demand, but as the forests shrink, so do the scruples about cutting down the last trees illegally.
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We look after your mahogany trees in best forestry practice. On these trees, we are currently testing whether covers are effective and slow down the growth of the grass.
The date in the photo shows it. This tree was sawn into planks on 5 January 2022. The wood is very weighty after cutting due to the high moisture content.
Dr Lea Jimenez with her students supervises the planting for the Malizia Mangrove Park.
Over 522,000 mangroves have now been donated to the Malizia Mangrove Park. A truly remarkable sum. The Guang Guang Nature Park is sufficiently stocked with new plantations in the first round and soon the University of Mati will prepare a report on how successful the growth is and how many of the seedlings have not grown, for whatever reason. In the meantime we are preparing the next big planting area of about 30 hectares, because the first step of 1 million is spread all over Pujada Bay. To give you an idea why we are working so hard to replant this bay with mangroves you can have a look at the little leaf PDF Dr. Lea has prepared. Click here:
By the time you read these lines, the Nasa School for Indigenous People in San Isidro will already be equipped with 126 new chairs that we had made from plastic waste. Please take care to avoid plastic in all your purchases, but also in your daily routine. It is unimaginable how much plastic waste is floating in the sea. Avoiding waste should be the top priority in order to prevent many problems from arising in the first place. If you would like to donate a chair made from marine litter click here:
The female students of Dr. Lea. For the boat trip to Pujada Island, we all wore a Malizia T-shirt. On the back is the slogan „A Race we must win“.
The planted mangroves are growing well. The ones planted on the seaward side are to form a natural protective ring on the Guang Guang peninsula, which is under nature conservation.