Things you should know about the benefits and importance of planting Mangrove Trees

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Things you should know about the benefits and importance of planting Mangrove Trees

Mangrove Trees are known as the protector of vulnerable coastlines against waves and storm surge. Due to its strong roots that has the ability to hold the soil together, it can prevent coastal erosion and could survive big strong waves. Its survival rate is high that it could continue to live and exist in a salty, hot, and muddy water that other plants cannot cope up with.

Mangroves are a group of trees and shrubs that live in the coastal inter-tidal zone. There are about 80 different species of mangrove trees. All of these trees grow in areas with low-oxygen soil, where slow-moving waters allow fine sediments to accumulate.

Additionally, other than being a protector of vulnerable coastlines, mangrove forest trees also provide homes for several species of plants and animals. It can also provide livelihood too in the nearby communities.

Importance of mangrove trees

As mentioned earlier, mangrove trees protect coastlines against storm surge and strong waves. It helps decrease the risk of flooding and erosion, supports livelihoods by providing resources such as fish, crabs, etc., and it serves as valuable nursery areas for fish and invertebrates.

Mangrove forests are home to a large variety of fish, crab, shrimp, and mollusk species. These fisheries form an essential source of food for thousands of coastal communities around the world. The forests also serve as nurseries for many fish species, including coral reef fish.

Benefits of mangrove forest trees

According to UNU-INWEH (United Nations University - Institute for Water, Environment and Health), 30-50% of mangrove forests have been lost due to shrimp farming, tourism, intrusive coastal development and other factors.

Here are top 5 benefits that we could get from mangrove trees:
  1. Carbon Sequestration
  2. Protection from coastal erosion
  3. Water quality improvements
  4. Biodiversity
  5. Control Flooding
Short Summary video of the importance and benefits of Mangrove Trees.

How to plant propagules mangrove tree

Things you need
  1. Propagules
  2. Half a meter of bamboo stick
  3. Biodegradable twine
  4. Trowel or bolo
Steps on how to plant a mangrove tree
  1. First things first, everybody participating in planting mangrove tree should plant during low tide hours since mangroves are intended to be planted in the coastal area. Planting during high tide would be hard and may lead to a failure of a mangrove plant to live and survive.
  2. Firmly stick the bamboo stick into the soil. This will protect and hold the mangrove plant from the strong waves.
  3. Dig a hole 1-inch apart from the bamboo stick using the trowel or bolo.
  4. Put the end or the root part of the propagules into the hole. 
  5. Using the twine, tie the mangrove plant to the bamboo stick.
Makes sure to monitor the newly planted mangrove trees on regular bases to see how many mangrove trees lived and survived.

Propagules Mangrove Tree Planting hosted by JuanGear

As part of JuanGear's Go Green! Project, last April 28, we hosted a Mangrove Tree Planting at Bonbon, Cagayan de Oro City. With the help of more or less 25 volunteered participants, we had successfully planted over 500 propagules mangroves.

Mangrove forest trees play a vital role to human kind and has a great significance to our environment. It offers opportunities on the economic aspects and has a great impact in our ecology to both human and several animal species. JuanGear has been initiating events that could resolve occurring problems and threats in our local coastlines.

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