At Buk Bilong Pikinini’s coastal village Library Learning Centres at Pari and Baruni villages on Wednesday 26th July, local children learnt about the environmental significance of mangroves and gained valuable knowledge on how to plant them. Assisted by a team of experts from The Nature Conservancy, Coastline Care Project and Steamships volunteers, the children enthusiastically participated in planting 120 mangrove seedlings.
Prior to the event, thorough site inspections were conducted to ensure the selection of appropriate species and locations, ensuring the sustainability of the mangroves planted. The coastal communities deeply value mangroves for their cultural significance, and they play a vital role in safeguarding the coastline against storm surges, sea level rise and wind protection. Moreover, these crucial ecosystems provide essential habitats for biodiversity, serving as a source of food, medicine, and shelter for the local populations. The Buk Bilong Pikinini’s Early Childhood Education program emphasises the importance of preserving cultural practices and passing them down to future generations.
The children from Buk Bilong Pikinini and residents of Pari and Baruni villages extended their heartfelt appreciation to the exceptional teams from Steamships, The Nature Conservancy, and The Coastline Care Project for their invaluable support and dedication to nurturing young minds and promoting environmental conservation.