Philippines - Plastic Threatening Last Remaining Mangrove Habitat in Manila

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EJN, Philippines

16 journalists from across the Philippines joined the Plastic Pollution Media Workshop on June 23-24, 2018. The workshop was organized by EJN and the Philippines Network of Environmental Journalists (PNEJ) to mark World Environmental Day. At the workshop, journalists discussed the state of plastic pollution in the Philippines and relevant policies, potential solutions to address plastic pollution and ways to raise public awareness.

Field visit at freedom island. 

Stretching along Manila Bay, where the famous sunset paints a dramatic view everyday, lies Freedom Island. Also known as the Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area, it is the last remaining mangrove frontier in Metro Manila that serves as a sanctuary for marine life and an avian refuge for more than 80 species of local and migratory birds. By virtue of its multifarious biodiversity and fragile ecosystem, it was declared a critical habitat in 2007. Ironically, however, it is increasingly under the threats of plastic litter and the impending reclamation project of the Philippines government.