There are few remaining mangrove sites in the Provinces of Romblon and Zambales. Among the key issues and factors that contributed to mangrove deforestation include:
(i) conversion to fishpond areas, (ii) beach resort and tourism development, (iii) illegal cutting for firewood and charcoal, (iv) lack of awareness on importance of mangroves and mangrove ecosystems, and (v) weak enforcement of mangrove laws.
Community-based mangrove management project was launched to protect the remaining mangrove sites in both provinces and to rehabilitate the deforested areas. At present, SIKAT along with the community partners were able to plant approximately 23 hectares in four (4) municipalities of Zambales , and 4 hectares in the municipality of Romblon. All of the sites are managed and monitored by community partners.
The project is supported by the grant from Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation, Inc. (PTFCF), IUCN and NEDA Region IV-B. To know more about this project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.