Anchor Land Joins Clean-Up Of The Last Surviving Mangrove Refuge In Manila Bay Area
Over 80 species of migratory birds take shelter in a wildlife sanctuary known today as Las Piñas, Parañaque Critical Habitat and Eco-Tourism Area (LPPCHEA).
It is made up of two islands, which teems with mangroves, ponds, lagoons, mudflats, salt, marshes and mixed beach forest. It serves not only as a refuge for the migratory birds, but also as a spawning ground for numerous species of fish.
It is the first protected area in Metro Manila, and the last mangrove refuge within Manila Bay area. With the rapidly escalating amount of land and sea trashes damaging this habitat, LPPCHEA is feared to disappear.
In an effort to help in restoring LPPCHEA, listed property developer Anchor Land partnered with Haribon Foundation in a coastal clean-up activity in the area.
“We are not only committed toward creating world-class urban homes for the people. We are also committed to caring for our environment by making sure that our ecosystems remain viable as homes to many species of birds, fish, and other marine life. This is only one of the many initiatives which we will pursue as an organization, hoping to give an impactful contribution in restoring these wildlife sanctuaries,” Anchor Land President Elizabeth Ventura said.
As a devoted advocate for biodiversity conservation, Haribon Foundation has been partnering with volunteers such as Anchor Land to raise awareness about ocean protection and preservation.
“Anchor Land’s contribution lies mainly on how the participants will continue with their current consumption habits after the activity. If they are able to improve their lifestyle and reduce single use items, they will be able to create a large impact on lessening the waste that we see in our oceans,” Stephanie T. Lim of Haribon Foundation said.
The LPPCHEA coastal clean-up was conducted in accordance with the timing and objectives of United Nation’s International Year of the Reef 2018, a worldwide campaign to increase awareness and urge people to take action in protecting the oceans’ coral reef ecosystems.