The Mining and Degraded Areas Rehabilitation Research Center (MDARRC) organized a one-day echo-training on mangrove and beach forest rehabilitation and conservation on May 23, 2016 at PCU, Magdum , Tagum City, Davao del Norte for its technical and support staff to be trained and oriented on the mechanisms of the mangrove ecosystems as well as its management and to come up with a mangrove rehabilitation plan. The event was an offshoot of the training attended by the two MDARRC technical personnel in Aklan on April 2016 for the Mangrove and Beach Forest Rehabilitation and Conservation by the Zoological School of London.
Discussed during the training were the importance, zonation and taxonomy of mangrove ecosystem presented by Forester Maribeth N. Espina and current initiatives on mangrove management in the Philippines, mangrove nursery management and propagation techniques presented by Mr. Alvin Angelo A. Salting. Through the lectures, participants familiarized themselves with taxonomic identification of mangrove species, the role and importance of the mangrove ecosystem and the understanding on the basics of mangrove ecology. Mr. Salting gave emphasis on use of suitable species as one of the important factors towards the success of mangrove plantation development. He added that species compatibility and soil substrate should be considered to have a firm rehabilitation development of degraded coastal areas.
A workshop on mangrove rehabilitation planning was done explaining the details of what need to be done, where, how and to whom it should be done. At the end of the workshop, participants came up with mangrove rehabilitation plan where they were able to prepare a sequence of actions to achieve the goal of mangrove rehabilitation that will serve as guide in rehabilitation-related activities.
“The knowledge you gained in this activity can be used in your personal capacity to inform and educate the public on this regard,” MDARRC OIC- Center Head Dr. Bighani M. Manipula said in his message. “Maybe you will be consulted regarding this one and what’s good in it is that you were oriented on this aspect,” he added. He also assured the participants that the management will continuously provide capability building activities for both technical and support staff of the office.
At present, MDARRC is implementing two R&D studies in Davao Oriental under the project on generation and development of technologies for the rehabilitation of degraded mangrove areas. Also, the center is one of the implementers of Mangrove and Beach Forest Development Project (MBFDP), a reconstruction and rehabilitation project of DENR for disaster-affected areas in the country. Jethrone M. Setenta