Trees with aerial roots and muddy grounds, swamps and smelly water--these are mangroves. Ugly duckling though they appear, they play an important role in conserving our environment. The recent tsunami last Dec 26, 2004 emphasized their capacity to protect our shores from big waves. An environmental service that if evaluated is the equivalent of building a multi million dike to protect our shores from the elements. All these are provided by our mangroves.
Many small NGOs in the Philippines are doing their share in developing community-based conservation project for mangroves. I found this interesting article of a joint article about a project by FPE and TK.