Saving Manila’s Last Mangrove Forest

Re-posting an original article of the Global Greengrants Fund Website of one of our advocacy areas. Photos and words by Ramey Newell, donor and former staff member of GGF.

A year ago, I didn’t know much about the Philippines. I didn’t know that it is among the 10 most biologically diverse countries on the planet, or that metropolitan Manila is the 11th most populous metro area in the world. I couldn’t utter a word of any of the almost 180 native languages spoken throughout the archipelago.

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