Do you know that you will find the "center of the center" of the world's marine shorefish biodiversity in the Philippines?
Absolutely right, and it is indeed a unique world treasure for us! No wonder why foreign divers and marine biologists would even come here in our Country just to find the diverse marine biodiversity we have.
Philippines’ Verde Island Passage is regarded as the center of the center of the world’s marine shorefish biodiversity (Kent Carpenter and Victor Springer). It provides critical ecosystem services to support the livelihoods and food security over seven million people through livelihoods and food security.
According to OneOcean.org, the country forms the ‘Coral Triangle,’ so-called because of the abundance of its coral reef life. Some 400-500 species in 90 genera of reef-forming corals are believed to exist in this region. Sulu-Sulawesi Sea, a 900,000-square-kilometer marine eco-region that lies at the apex of the Coral Triangle (70% in the Philippines, 20% Indonesia, 10% Malaysia), is home to some 2,500 species of fish.
But this way of life is threatened by climate change; the impacts of which affect not only the region's fragile ecosystems and species, but also the communities that rely on fishing and tourism for their livelihoods, and mangroves for coastal protection from storms.
The Consular Corps of the Philippines, the professional organization of career and honorary consuls for the Philippines, in an effort to protect and promote the Verde Island Passage's ecological sustainability and biodiversity, planted 30,000 mangrove seedlings in Baco, Oriental Mindoro in 2011. This year, the Consular Corps furthers its Verde Island Passage's protection efforts by committing to rehabilitate 20 hectares of mangrove forests in Calatagan, Batangas.
This is the power, the impetus behind the RUN FOR THE MANGROVES fun run, check out more race details below.
What: Run for the Mangroves - A Fun Run to Save the Center of the Center of the World's Marine Shorefish Biodiversity
When: 19 October 2013 (Saturday), 4:30AM
Where: Bonifacio Global City, Taguig/Makati City
Beneficiary: 20 Hectares of Mangrove Forests in Calatagan, Batangas
Distance and Registration Fees:
- 3K - Php 500.00
- 5K - Php 500.00
- 10K - Php 500.00
- ALL SM Cinema Ticket Counters Nationwide
- Online thru SMTickets.com
- In-Store Registration at selected Chris Sports stores and Fitness & Athletics
- Group Registration (10 Runners or more), call Huper International: (02) 661-6489
- Chris Sports - SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, Glorietta 3
- Fitness & Athletics - Bonifacio Global City
For more information, visit: Run for Mangroves facebook page.