Well, I’m glad you asked!
As you know, I have been working with Sebastian and Rochelle on the Mangrove restoration project. We had a meeting on Wednesday, where we met with Jemma, a marine biologist from Australia. We spoke of the potential strategies we would be using to replenish the mangrove, and we came to two conclusions:
1. We will most likely not be using the exact same Mangrove species on our restoration, as the environment has changed, and therefore the original species is not in it’s ideal condition for growth anymore. Jemma assured us that this will not be an issue for the local wildlife, as they have already adapted to this new mangrove, much different to the one on it’s prime.
2. We also decided on what distance the plants will be planted from each other. Basically, we will take into consideration that one tree will spread seeds around it’s area throughout the years, removing the need of planting on those areas. Also, these same plants who grow from the original tree also will seed their surrounding area.
This guarantees that the mangrove will start surviving on its own, which ultimately is our goal. We can’t have students nurturing this biome for ever, so ideally we would raise it until it is old and developed enough to live its own life without our assistance.
In this same meeting, we assigned roles, with Rochelle taking a lead, while I would be in charge of advertising, marketing and any of our online endeavours.
So yeah, that’s what I’ve been up to so far. Of course, this is only the beginning, and I will be able to give more updates as the project begins to blossom.
Thank you for reading!
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