NaunganProving that community participation in environmental management gains success, the people’s organization Naungan San Juan Mangrove Planters Association (NSJMPA) showcased its newly developed mangrove eco-tourism park in Naungan, Ormoc City to local media practitioners during the World Wetlands Day Celebration in February 2.

Victoriana Entero, President of the NSJMPA said the 191-hectare mangrove eco-park used to be a plain mudflat, devoid of any vegetation. They started their mangrove development project under the Community Based Forest Management (CBFM) Program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in 1991, and has now successfully created a mangrove forest from what used to be a plain mudflat within the Ormoc Bay Wetland. 

Established on said site is a mangrove ecotourism park with boardwalk and cottages open to tourists. It features activities such as bird watching, mangrove tour, kayaking, paddle boating, mud swimming, and fishing. 

“This new venture provides livelihood opportunities to our members and the community. The rich mangroves also enhance the biodiversity resources in our area and protect us from impacts of calamities such as typhoons”, Ms. Entero says.

Ms. Entero also adds that their ambitious plan of creating a rich mangrove forest more than two decade ago has paid off with the assistance of partners from non-government organizations such as the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the local government unit of Ormoc, and other government organizations. This was also made possible with the desire of the community members to contribute in their own little ways to the enhancement of the Ormoc Bay Wetlands.

The office of DENR 8 says that in showcasing the NSJMPA mangrove eco-park, it hopes to gain support from the public for the preservation of the healthy wetlands and restoration of degraded ones as it provides vital ecosystem services related to livelihood, recreation, water quality, biodiversity conservation, and disaster risk reduction. ###

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Mangrove forest and eco-park in Naungan, Ormoc City developed by the Naungan San Juan Mangrove Planters Association from what used to be a plain mudflat.

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