‘Vulnerability’ study to be conducted on Manila Bay
A Manila Bay “vulnerability” study will be carried out to preserve the coastal area’s rich biodiversity, which has been facing destruction from climate change, waste dumping, and illegal settlement.
The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau-Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ERDB-DENR) will conduct a 15-month vulnerability study as Manila Bay is threatened by climate change, waste dumping, and illegal settlement.
Manila Bay, home to 55,000 hectares of fishponds, is residence to the rarely appreciated wetland—the 175-hectare Las Pinas Paranaque Critical Habitat Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA).
ERDB Director Dr. Henry A. Adornado said the study includes inventory of biophysical information on the bay.
“Part of the project is a study of the coastal and watershed areas in Manila Bay against selected environmental hazards,” said Adornado.
“Baseline data and information will be crucial in monitoring the progress of the implementation of the newly adopted operational plan for the Manila Bay Coastal Strategy for 2017 to 2022,” he added.
A total of 27 state agencies has done a stock-taking workshop last month on the bay’s rehabilitation status.