Ensuring sustainable coastal protection by means of biodiversity conservation in marine ecosystems affected by typhoons in the Philippines
As of: September 2020
Objective and activities
Tropical cyclones (typhoons) regularly occur in the Philippines due to the geographical location of the region – and climate change is increasing the intensity and frequency of these typhoons, threatening both coastal ecosystems and the local population. The project supports partner organisations in implementing participatory and sustainable coastal zone management, and it also contributes to improving climate protection and the conservation of coasts and species by restoring mangrove and coastal forests. The political legal framework for species and coastal protection is also being improved. Centres of Excellence present practical learning experiences on conservation and management measures. They serve as starting points for raising awareness among the population and for developing the capacities of decision makers in the field of marine and coastal management. This will ultimately lead to the improved protection of coastal areas and their inhabitants from the effects of climate change.
Protection and restoration of coastal ecosystems for improved adaptation to climate change in the Philippines and the Coral Triangle
State of implementation/results
- The project has just started. A project initiation workshop took place from 5-8 February 2019 in Iloilo with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and other relevant project partners and included learning visits to the Leganes Mangrove Ecopark and the Taklong Island National Marine Reserve, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras.
- In the context of the national celebrations of the DENR BMB of the months of oceans, ProCoast presented the project and innovative projects such as Net-Works to prospective partners in the regions of Western Visayas (01/05/2019) and Central Visayas (10/05/2019).—The project supported events on the occasion of the National Conservation Week (Iloilo, 13-20/09/2020).
- At a Cluster Workshop (Iloilo City, 22/05/2020 and 23/05/2020) the projectpartner and representatives of six Centers of Learning (CoL) have agreed on important steps to be undertaken once the implementation phase starts: The CoL will present examined and recognized practices and measures for the protection of marine and coastal ecosystems. – At the 15. National Symposium on Marine Science in Aklan on 15. July 2019 ProCoast-Partner ZSL presented the new guidebook „Nursery and Outplanting of Beach Forest Trees“.
- From 2. to 8. September 2019 the ZSL held a training for trainers in the three CoLs Katunggan It Ibajay (Municipality of Ibajay, Aklan), Pedada Mangrove Ecopark (Municipality of Ajuy, Iloilo) und Katunggan Ecopark (Municipality of Leganes, Iloilo).