mangrove forest of sabang, palawan

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may 29, 2010: had a chance 2visit d mangrove paddle-boat tour in sabang, palawan. it’s near d famous underground river

lady mangrove herself was d one who guided us in d tour… Aida Moyano is president of the Mangrove Paddle-boat Tour Guide Association. tourist help in d preservation f d mangroves since 40% of d fees goes 2d association & 60% go 2d guides.

d mangrove trees r tall & some r more dan 100 years f age….

as a tradition, each visitor has 2plant at least one mangrove seedling at d end f d tour…..w/ all those young mangrove trees around….it seems dat lots n lots of pple already visited d place…..

mangroves in phuket, thailand

last nov. 03, 2009; i had a chance 2visit d banbangrong coastal agrotourism proj. in phuket, thailand.

d pple of banbangrong are muslims & they r preserving their coastal ecosystem in accordance w/ d teachings of their religion…. tis s 1 very positive way of using faith 2preserve d environment w/out any question….

accordingly, d mangroves protected their community during d 2004 tsunami. banbangrong was not heavily damaged compared 2d whole of phuket island! tis made d pple of bangrong more aggressive in protecting d mangroves in their coastal community. they no longer cut d mangroves for charcoal or other purposes coz they’re makin more money in agrotourism…..guess wat! thier cooperative now have 30 million baht!

i hope d coastal pple in d philippines will do d same b4 lotz f men, women & children die in case of a tsunami! guess a great devastation will put an end 2d pervasive illegal charcoal making industry in d coastal villages in d philippines…..

lush mangroves....very2 nice indeed....

it was also my first time 2see w/ my own eyes a walkin fish! der wer lotz of mudskippers (amphibious fish) in d mangrove areas of phuket….very cool!

4more info re: bangrong coastal agrotourism, visit d link below: