The rehabilitation of mangrove sites in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan

Feb 2015

Under the fisheries programme, FAO is assisting 19 000 fisher households by way of repairing post-harvest facilities, providing inputs and increasing the resilience of coastal communities and their livelihoods. As a cross-cutting theme for fisheries and the coconut-based farming systems programmes, FAO is also working with concerned government entities for the rehabilitation of mangrove forests in coastal and upland communities in the typhoon-affected regions and providing communities with technical skills and capacities in the management and preservation of mangrove areas.

Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines on 08 November 2013 and affected lives, livelihoods and infrastructure in nine of the poorest provinces in the country. Coastal communities engaged in fishing, aquaculture and mariculture-based livelihoods were severely affected by the storm surge. Mangroves, which would have served as buffer against strong winds and storm surges in coastal communities and were already depleting in number, have also sustained the typhoon's worst impact. FAO is thus helping build back better livelihoods in coastal and upland communities affected by the typhoon.

Author: FAO/Philippines