Call for natural seawalls

Volunteers pot mangrove seedlings for replanting in the Lami foreshore. Picture: LICE MOVONO

Volunteers pot mangrove seedlings for replanting in the Lami foreshore. Picture: LICE MOVONO

Update: 1:50PM MANGROVES make the best seawall because they effectively protect against eroding shorelines and do not cost a lot.

WWF reiterate the call for more mangroves planting following a beach clean-up last Saturday, which showed the failure of programs that used man-made coastal protection.

WWF conservation director Frances Areki said tyres and sacks of sand found on the Lami beach were remnants of old seawalls but had instead become “collectors of rubbish”.

Over 100 volunteers from the finance sector, fuel industry, government and non-government conservation organisations collected rubbish from the Lami main road and beach and planted more than 1000 mangrove seedlings.

“You need to protect mangroves because they’re the best natural seawalls, they’re cost-effective and also very effective in maintaining the coastline,” Mr Areki said.

“People forget this stink environment is a very important ecosystem, especially as breeding grounds for fish. The majority of fish you find on the reefs actually start their life cycle in mangroves.”

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