Students role in coastal ecosystem emphasized in youth camp

NOGAS ISLAND, Anini-y, Antique – Some 40 high students from public and private institutions in Antique province were enlightened about the importance of mangroves in the recent Youth Camp held in Nogas Island, Anini-y, Antique.

The conduct of the youth camp is one of the activities of the Philippine Information Agency-Department of Environment and Natural Resources partnership on Climate Change Preparedness, Adaptation and Mitigation advocacy, aimed to increase the level of awareness of students so that at an early age, environmental protection will become part of their daily life.

During the youth camp, Peace Corps Volunteer Theresa Marie Melanson Lewis discussed the importance of mangroves because they protect all types of coastal communities from the fury of storms, floods, sea level rise, wave action and coastal erosion.

“It slows the wave and make it gentler when it reaches the shore,” said Lewis as she emphasized that mangroves also absorbs carbon dioxide.

Mangroves, sea grass bed, coral reefs, etc. are important parts of coastal ecosystem. It serve as spawning grounds for many different species, and home to numerous kinds of plants.

“If the coastal ecosystem is damaged human beings will also be affected,” Lewis warned.

Lewis urged the students to help protect mangroves, coral reefs, plant more trees, manage the cutting of trees, stop burning trash, participate in environmental program implementation, and practice segregate, reuse and recycle trash strategy.(JCM/VWV/PIA Antique)

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