1Blue carbon is a term for coastal wetlands that store carbon, this includes mangroves, seagrass and tidal marsh. Mangrove ecosystems are valuable both economically and ecologically and provide many ecosystem goods and service yet we lose an estimate 2.1% yearly of the existing area. They are highly effective for carbon storage for climate mitigation and studies show four times higher carbon sequestration of mangroves compared to terrestrial forest! Philippines ranks 15th most mangrove-rich countries in the world according to the global mangrove forests distribution, and one of the countries with diverse seagrass species . This is why there is a need to push for its protection to conserve the last remaining blue carbon ecosystems in the country. Currently, our project is restoring mangrove forest in abandoned fishponds and other restoration sites in the country together with the community and local government units. Please follow us on our journey in the Global Landscapes Forum blog page or Oceanus Conservation facebook page.
Blue Carbon Conservation
2Philippines is one of the mega-diverse countries for harboring wildlife species , and home to unique species of corals and diverse fish which considers the country to be in the coral triangle along with Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. With the onset of global warming oceans and local threats, coral reefs are facing challenges to survive. Coral bleaching and mortality are becoming widespread. Our goal is to deploy real-time smart buoys and detect increase in temperatures in specific areas of the country and work together with local officials to reduce the local threats for the reefs to recover. We will be contributing to the worldwide data of coral reef monitoring.
Coral Reef Monitoring
3Communities need to be resilient in a changing environment through receiving access to knowledge and resources, capacity building, education and engagement , to safeguard the nature and offer food security for the generations to come. Our goal is to find sustainable ways to provide food security and alternative livelihood while safeguarding the marine resources. We work together with people’s association and youth to develop them to become sustainable and self-sufficient in the long-term.
4Filipino people have limited access to marine environmental education even if our country sits in one of the biodiverse marine life in the world. We want to invest in the future of the Filipino people through the right of marine environmental education in local communities and create marine-field programs to better appreciate our marine life. We are currently creating ocean storybooks to local children and translated to local languages. Please check our Education page for more information.