With the Project:
Hagonoy Bulacan Mangrove Reforestation Project
Located in Hagonoy, in the province of Bulacan, Philippines, is engaging young children are engaged in planting and watering trees as a way of involving them in environmental activities. Through the tree planting initiative, the project is aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change while raising awareness among community members via seminars and training sessions conducted by young volunteers.
Hagonoy is an urban municipality situated in the Southwest corner of the province of Bulacan. It is bounded by water bodies which constitute 75% of its total land area. With its abundant water resources and the coastal nature of the town, most of the population is dependent on the fishing industry. The reliance of the residents of Hagonoy in fish farming is attributed to the rich mangrove forest that lines its coast. However, the depletion of mangroves decreases the habitat for feeding and breeding grounds of many fishes, resulting in the decline of catch which in turn affects the livelihood of fisherfolks.
The project is raising awareness among the community members concerning the value of trees to the environment so that they can contribute to make their environment cleaner and greener. Partnership have been established between schools, governmental and non-governmental organisations, and the community. Every planting or clean-up activity starts with a short information session about topics such as the value of trees, environment protection or how to nurture trees. The project also engages the children in the actual tree planting on carefully selected sites and tree nurturing. Later, volunteers go back to the planting site in order to collect garbage.
The innovative aspect of one child, one tree's advocacy is enabling the community through volunteering to create a change in the environment. A main focus is on the planting of mangrove species since they are adapted to the region. The organisation also looks after the mangrove plants by removing waste plastic that may hinder plant growth. Its strong and committed volunteer base and increasingly more aware communities continue to expand to other environmental activities such as plastic recycling.
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