As you consume these lines, another 42,600 mangroves are growing in Mangihay and 33,000 mangroves in Bagas, referred to here as “Sleeping Dinosour”. All were planted between June 20 and 28, 2022 by 30 fishing families. Another 60,000 mangroves are growing in two nurseries, but will not be ready for planting until October. In the photo above you can see four of the school chairs we have built from collected sea plastic waste. Feel free to donate one for 38 Euros through our shop, because the need in the schools is huge.
Our monitoring team around Professor Lea has grown to three students (Cloie Rojas (24), Rheacin A. Polectico, (25), Jefferson A. Centro (23), accompanied by the “drone pilot” (Juvair A. Labodon (24). All four are young, very dedicated students of the State University in Mati. Mama Earth is trying to achieve that the paid monitoring work can raise the tuition fees, which would relieve the parents’ household budget.
In the meantime, we are also on the trail of CO2 and will determine exactly how high the input potential to the sediments is through mangroves. The first two samples are in a laboratory in Davao, because there is no laboratory in Mati yet, but the university will certainly be able to take the measurements on site by the end of the year.
The amount of plastic waste moving in the oceans is unimaginable. Our plea: Dramatically reduce all use of plastic.
Again, the numbers of mangroves have “grown” pleasingly.
Our planting activities with indigenous trees are progressing. After planting almost 3,000 different trees in Marahan/Marilog, we are already active in another area, Monkayo. Here we will reforest 22 hectares with the Philippine Eagle Foundation to provide more habitat for the endangered eagles (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_eagle). This project is in its infancy, but the first 130 trees have already been planted. We will publish on our website the planting pattern created by forest farmers, but please be patient. However, you should not wait and order our high quality gift card to secure funding. The printed version with the planting coordinates of your tree visible in the photo costs 10 Euro, a download only 7.50 Euro. Every tree planted is a profit for the planet.
Again, we ask for a little patience. We are currently surveying the mahogany and teak trees in Monkayo and Montevista. It is a time-consuming process, but forester Jolly and our montitoring teams provide data on a daily basis. If you are interested in acquiring older mahogany trees, please email us. We just need to know how long you want to wait before harvesting, because the older the trees are, the greater the amount of wood, thus the financial return. We need this information because if we let the trees grow longer we have to draw up an annex to the notary contract with the farmers in order to secure both sides.
Every day, pictures and reports of the trees planted in Monkayo and Montevista arrive via our Group Chat.
Teak is very costly to maintain, but achieves a higher wood price than Mahogani.