Our conservation sites are situated throughout the Philippines. Aside from protecting and rehabilitating these areas, we teach people alternative forms of livelihood which benefit both themselves and the environment. Below are some of WWF-Philippines’ most well-known sites.
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Our project sites:
1. Santa Rosa, Laguna
A Coca-Cola Foundation funded project to properly manage the watersheds of Santa Rosa to ensure the protection of groundwater, long-term water supply and prevention of floods brought about by illegal logging, unplanned urbanization and the constant depletion of water resources. The project aims to revitalize the degraded waterways surrounding the Laguna Lake to restore it to its former glory.
2. Abuan Watershed, Isabela
To help address watershed-related issues in the area, WWF-Philippines partnered with the Coca-Cola Foundation to facilitate stakeholder planning for the conservation and sustainable use of the Ilagan Watershed, including a development plan to rehabilitate denuded areas of the watershed. About 20,000 fruit tree seedlings were distributed to 245 farm lots covering 490 hectares under the Community-based Forest Management Agreement (CBFMA). Through the support of stakeholders, the initiative aims to replant the denuded slopes of the Sierra Madre to ensure a steady supply of water for lowland communities.
3. Hamilo Coast, Batangas
A pioneering eco-tourism project that includes solid waste management, renewable energy technologies and a coastal resource management strategy designed to revive promising marine habitats along the coastline.
4. Donsol, Sorsogon
WWF has been assisting the local government of Donsol in conserving its whale sharks for over a decade through the development of a community-based eco-tourism scheme and coastal resource management program. Their fifth class municipality has now risen to first class – and Whale shark tourism is now the Bicol Region's most popular touristactivity – even cited by TIME magazine as the best animal encounter destination in Asia.
5. Sablayan and Apo Reef, Occidental Mindoro
Effective coastal resource management has succeeded in closing off the park to all forms of fishing, and current efforts are focused on climate adaptation schemes to help locals.
6. Taytay & Araceli in Palawan
Fisheries management plans were developed for the three municipalities focusing on Live Reef Fish management. Policy improvements on fisheries management as well as establishment of new Marine Protected Areas in Taytay and Araceli were the results of various coral, fisheries, policies and income profiling surveys in these areas. Trainingsessions were also conducted on LRF management and environmental law enforcement while a Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) plan was already developed for Taytay, Palawan.
7. Quezon, Palawan
Supported by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) through WWF-Denmark, this two-year project is being implemented in the provinces of Palawan, Occidental Mindoro and Albay focusing on tuna and reef fisheries management, market accessibility for sustainably-produced marine resources, certification andcapacity-building.
8. & 9. Tubbataha Reefs and Cagayancillo, Palawan
Tubbataha Reefs Natural Marine Park stands out as the best-managed offshore marine protected area in the country. WWF and the Tubbataha Park Office have established practical systems to sustain operations: diver fees, no-take zones and expansion of park boundaries are dramatically increasing marine biomass. Sustainable ecotourism,mariculture and microfinance have been the primary thrusts for the neighboring municipality of Cagayancillo.
10. IGACOS, Davao
A four-year climate change adaptation project which aims to increase the resilience of coastal ecosystems to future impacts of climate change by conducting vulnerability assessments involving key stakeholders, developing an innovative methodology to build resilience of protected areas, capacity building, as well as preparation of training materials and tools for local and regional adaptation planning. To influence international policy negotiations, project results and outputs are to be shared and promoted locally and internationally.
11. Lagonoy Gulf
In the Philippines, tuna remains as the top export commodity for seafood products. At present, the small scale tuna fisheries in the country are faced with various challenges, thus the importance of strengthening the artisanal tuna fisheries through responsible fishery practices, strong partnerships among stakeholders, adequate management planning and guidance to transform small-scale fisheries to stay at par with international standards for sustainability, especially with the European Union as the leading global seafood market. Once certified by MSC, the small scale tuna hand-line fishery in the country will secure profitable global market opportunities that will eventually strengthen and secure livelihoods in the future.
12. Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro
WWF is spearheading tuna-trade initiatives in Mamburao - one of the largest remaining tuna fisheries in the country. This first batch of fresh / chilled loined Mamburao-caught tuna with catch certificates was sent to Europe last year.
Being one of the priority sites of the Coral Triangle Support Partnership (CTSP) in the Philippines, the project assisted the municipal governments of Sitangkai, Sibutu and Languyan in improving the management of the mariculture and marine protected areas in the municipalities. Recently, three of these municipalities formulated Climate Change Adaptation Plans, identifying priority actions that would give their people, the environment and their livelihood, better chances of surviving impacts that could be brought about by climate change.
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