One of the most effective ways to prevent future damage on the coastal areas of any island anywhere in the world is by planting mangroves on the coastlines. There are 7,641 islands in the Philippines and each one faces a different challenge every time there is a storm and much worse, if there is a storm surge.
In some areas like Suyac Island, the damage caused by past typhoons and storm surge had been minimal. Unlike Typhoon Haiyan or Typhoon Yolanda which left an unimaginable damage to the island of Leyte and other parts of the Visayas in the Philippines, Suyac was spared of this catastrophe. The locals reasoned out that they were not greatly affected by the Typhoon Yolanda because of the hundred years old Mangrove Trees that were abundant on the island’s coastline. The strong wind and the strong current of sea water are prevented from lambasting the island because the Mangroves served as a buffer.
In this blog about Suyac Island, Touristang Pobre tells a story about the result of a community effort in preserving their coastal area through Mangrove tree planting and conservation program. Here’s the link: