Initial assessment of abandoned fishponds for mangrove restoration

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Frances Camille Rivera

First step for a wetland restoration project is to discuss with local government units (LGU) especially the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Agriculture (BFAR) as well as the local communities and village leaders about the project of converting abandoned, underutilized and unproductive fishponds (AUU) to mangrove forest. Oftentimes, it’s not being acknowledge and it takes a long process to convert them.

For my next blog, I will take you through what is AUU fishpond and why is it such a big issue here in the Philippines. And what are the steps to bring the stakeholders to say YES to convert them to mangrove forest!

Frances Camille Rivera

Community-based mangrove restoration efforts of unproductive fishponds

The restoration project for wetlands is to enhance the bottom-up restoration efforts through participatory and knowledge-transfer to the local communities and community environment officers on the suitable methods of wetland restoration by means of targeted areas and multispecies planting. One of the activities is to restore unproductive fishponds and other barren areas around the country back to mangroves so that the areas become fertile and productive to enable possible alternative livelihood to the mangrove-dependent communities.

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Under the banner of Generation Restoration, the Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL) and the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) launched the Restoration Stewards program in 2020 to support and highlight the work of six young restoration practitioners and their teams, dubbed ‘Restoration Stewards’. The year-long program provides funding, mentorship, and training to deepen the impact of these projects.
In 2021, the Restoration Stewards and their teams will be supported to further develop their project and will become ambassadors at both global and local levels. Globally, the Restoration Stewards will share their journey in a series of vlogs and blogs documenting their stories of inspiration and challenges. Locally, they will spark a restoration movement, creating pathways to connect, share, learn, and act for more sustainable landscapes.