The World's Mangrove Forest is one of the most threatened ecosystems. More than 35% of the world's mangrove are gone. The rate of disappearing mangrove in this century is up to 50% in countries like India and Vietnam. It is worse in the Philippines which has reached an alarming 60% depletion as of 1997 (source Spalding) and as high as 75% in recent years or over 3000,000 hectares with the current depletion rate as high as 1%-2% per year.
It is no wonder that the Department of Energy & Natural Resources (DENR) of the Philippines was recently mentioned on UNTV on September 5, 2017 as continuously pushing for the planting of mangrove trees. DENR is targeting to plant more than 50,000 hectares of swamps especially in areas frequently hit by typhoons. DENR spends roughly P50,000 per hectare as part of the National Greening Program to plant mangroves. Management of mangroves is a mandate of the Protected Areas & Wildlife Bureau (PAWB)'s Coastal & Marine Management Division.
At 2,000 mangrove trees per hectare, the government of the Philippines, through the DENR is committed to buy 100 million mangrove seedlings in order to be able to reforest 50,000 hectares in line with the country's National Greening Program.
Our research show that there is only one reasonably sized mangrove nursery in the Philippines, Seamancor Ecodevelopers, Inc. in Barangay Diamante, Puerto Diaz, Sorsogon. A 3-4 hectare mangrove seed nursery company that appears to sell most of its seedling to DENR such as for Samar & Tacloban Typhoon disaster-prone areas.
It is obvious that Seamancor does not grow anywhere near the mangrove requirement of th
e DENR which is 100 million trees over the next few years.
It is almost certain that we will not be able to source most of our seedling requirements from Seamancor for our mangrove reforestation via drones planned for Candijay, Bohol, Eastern Visayas, which is over 530 kilometers from Seamancor located in Sorsogon, Southern Luzon.
It is well known that planted mangroves will have a higher survival if the seedlings are raised in a nursery very near the mangrove planting area because the soil as well as the specie of mangrove will be the same in both the planting area and the nursery.
It is our goal for our Mangrove Nursery is to raise up to 300,000 propagules every 3 months or up to 1 million propagules for the whole year. We intend to sell initially to the Local Government Units & the DENR. We have the option of also planting th seedlings in a 2-3 hectares Mangrove growing area in Candijay to contribute modestly to coastal protection and reduce soil erosion.
With this Mangrove Nursery Project, we will have the confidence of having unassailable supply security for our seedlings for our future Mangrove Reforestation via Drones Project.
Therefore we would like to request for a Global Grant of $40,000.00 to fund the Candijay East of Eden Mangrove Nursery Project in Bohol which will be located adjoining our future Mangrove Area for Reforestation via Drones in the Sky Project.
This Project has high sustainability features. The Project will involve the following:
1. Creation of the Mangrove Nursery operation which will involve the harvesting of propagules from the forest reserve of the
Bo-yoan Mangrove Association and planting and growing them in nursery beds; 2.Negotiating to sell them at an attractive and acceptable price for the DENR to use in their Mangrove Greening Project.
3.We will also be using these seedlings required in our Mangrove Reforestation in Candijay.
Our Nursery production capacity of up to 300,000 seedlings every 3-4 months can supply DENR at least 100,000 seedlings, will result in a revenue generating potential of up to $10,000 to $30,000 on a 1 year basis.
Every year therefore, the Fisher Folk community will continue to generate a minimum of $30,000 in revenues.
We will also give educational courses on agriculture, science and business skills to aid them in the planting, identification of the several specie of mangrove and selling.
Furthermore, with this Mangrove Nursery Project, we will have the confidence of having unassailable supply security for our seedlings required for our future Mangrove Reforestation via Drones Project. OUR ESTIMATED BUDGET FOR THE CANDIJAY EAST OF EDEN NURSERY PROJECT IS $40,000.00
ESTIMATED BUDGET FOR THE MANGROVE NURSERY
a. Nursery Sun & Rain Protection (Palm shingles & bamboo poles) $ 9,000.00
b. Protection from Predators (netting & bamboo poles) $ 2,900.00
c. Water System Installation (Pump) $ 3,000.00
d. Drainage $ 1,000.00
e. Assembly Cost $ 700.00
f. Compost System $ 500.00
g. Electrical $ 2,500.00
h. Security System $ 3,000.00
2.EQUIPMENT & TOOLS SHED
a. Motor Pool $ 700.00
b. Inventory Shed $ 700.00
a. Labor Cost $ 8,000.00
b. Security Guards $ 2,000.00
a. Leasing of Boats & motorcycles $ 4,000.00
TRANSPORTATION & ACCOMODATIONS $ 2,000.00
TOTAL : $40,000.00