Why We Need The Mangrove Eco Park
What is the Mangrove Eco park?
The Mandaue City Mangrove Eco-Park is a proposed government project by the City of Mandaue to showcase the last remaining mangrove forest in Mandaue City. The park’s proposed area will be at the Mangrove Protected Area at the mouth of the Butuanon River, that Mandaue City has also striven to clean and protect.
This is part of Mandaue City’s drive to clean up the Butuanon River and promite its health, as well as to showcase the last remaining mangrove community in Mandaue City.
Mandaue City has recently been promoting Green Projects and Ecotourism, and has received a positive reaction from the local stakeholders (i.e. general public, private sector, academe, government, and non-government organizations). Aside from the Mangrove Eco Park, there is also the Butuanon River Rehabilitation and the Green Corridor Development. Through holistic approaches on raising environmental awareness and promoting Green Projects, the local stakeholders can share a sense of place and identity by adapting appropriate roles in sharing the revenue, rights and responsibilities of eco-centered projects.
The Mangrove Eco-Park provides much needed exposure, and is a way to spread awareness regarding the state of the Butuanon River, and the need to preserve the Mangrove Community and the natural environment of Mandaue City.
The Benefits of the Mangrove Walk
Rising flood levels caused by changing weather is no longer an unusual sight, and the Mangrove Eco-Park provides the city with extra barriers against storm surges, as it helps absorbs water and reduces flooding.
As such, unpaved ground absorbs water. Trees and grass are far more efficient–and less expensive–methods of managing storm waters, as opposed to sewers and drainage ditches made of concrete. With extreme weather patterns on the rise, an increase in green space could save a lot of money and provide a considerable solution to our flood problems. If we invest in the Mangrove Ec0-Park, we could alleviate the stress on our rivers by providing more areas for water to be absorbed and prevent flooding.
Another point to consider is that parks are a crucial part of any community. They have a significant impact on the development of children and the happiness of everyone in the neighborhood.
Furthermore, the abundance of flat, dark surfaces made up of asphalt and concrete in cities create what is known as the urban heat island effect. This makes urban neighborhoods noticeably warmer than other nearby areas, and is a major factor in smog creation. With more mangroves, we could reduce the heat around the city and provide filters for cleaner air.
That said, trees do remove a wide variety of pollutants from the air. Air pollution can increase the risk of certain cancers, and has adverse effects on children, the elderly and anyone with underlying respiratory problems.
With all this in mind, it’s clear that the Mangrove Eco-Park goes beyond providing beautiful natural scenery to relax, or a chance to raise awareness about the Butuanon River. The park would have lasting effects on our community’s health and well-being, and will hopefully start a trend of more green areas across the city in the future.