Mangrove Vegetation can reduce storm surge impacts

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A typical beach in coastal La Union looks like this. The picture was taken in Caba, La Union. Typhoon Yolanda showed that coastal vegetation (especially full grown mangroves or palm trees) could reduce the impact of storm surges reducing casualties to resources, life and livelihood. In barangays where mangrove reforestation had started, they reported that there was lesser damage to life and limb.

There is a plan by communities in coastal La Union to plant mangroves and coconut trees along the shores and rivers to adapt to climate change.

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