Preservation of natural resources
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
The assessment made by the Greenpeace global environmental campaign organization of the Apo Island coral reefs noted the extent of damage of the coral reefs that need immediate rehabilitation.
The Coastal Conservation and Education Foundation said that 99 percent of our coral reefs cover had been badly damaged by the two typhoons that hit Negros Oriental.
Apo Island is one of the world’s best known community-organized marine sanctuaries, and, as such, it has been well documented by the global science community.
The marine habitat of Apo Island is a reserve, protected by the National Integrated Protected Area Act and under the jurisdiction of the Protected Management Board. A research director of the coastal conservation confirmed that the coastal reefs sustained damage from the two typhoons that hit the province in 2011 and 2012.
Initial assessment showed that soft corals were badly damaged and degradation resulted in some coral reefs in Apo island. Coral modules to help the rehabilitation of damaged reefs have been deployed by the PAMB and its local partners.
We must heed the call to create another marine reserve for sustainable development. This is the immediate solution so that we can preserve our natural resources for the welfare of the next generations.*