In the latest episode of ASCOT ‘To! (Todo-todo), hosts Patrick Sotero and Aeron Monteverde delved into the recently concluded Culture and the Arts Association of State Universities and Colleges at Pampanga State Agricultural University and the enlightening insights from the Strategic Planning Workshop in Bacolor, Pampanga.

Today’s episode featured the world of mangroves, with Foresters Mary Jane Aragon and Maria Cristina Cañada. The discussion centered around the abundant mangrove sites nestled in the landscapes of Aurora.

Mangroves, often overlooked heroes of our coastal areas, offers benefits to both nature and communities. They act as natural shields, protecting shorelines from erosion and storm surges while providing a safe haven for diverse marine life. These resilient trees not only serve as nurseries for fish and crustaceans but also support local livelihoods by offering resources like wood and medicinal plants.
Moreover, the significance of mangroves extends beyond their immediate surroundings. They play a pivotal role in mitigating the adverse effects of climate change. Their extensive root systems act as carbon sinks, absorbing large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and helping to reduce greenhouse gases. Additionally, mangroves aid in stabilizing coastal areas, mitigating the impacts of rising sea levels and intense storms, thereby safeguarding nearby communities.

However, amidst their invaluable contributions, mangroves face imminent threats to their existence. Human activities such as coastal development, deforestation, and pollution pose significant risks to these fragile ecosystems. The delicate balance of mangrove habitats is further disrupted by illegal logging, aquaculture expansion, and improper waste disposal.

The discussion on ASCOT ‘To! shed light on the urgent need to cherish and safeguard mangroves. It highlighted not just their ecological importance but also the intertwined relationship between these unique ecosystems and human well-being. Mangroves are not just a part of nature; they are guardians against the challenges of a changing climate, deserving our utmost care and protection.

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Tune in for the next episode of ASCOT ‘To! live next Tuesday, 8:30–10:00 a.m., on 92.1, or via livestream on the ASCOT Official Facebook page for another exciting discussion.