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Ensuring sustainable coastal protection by means of biodiversity conservation in marine ecosystems affected by typhoons in the Philippines

As of: January 2022

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.
Predecessor project(s)
Protection and restoration of coastal ecosystems for improved adaptation to climate change in the Philippines and the Coral Triangle

State of implementation/results

  • In September 2021, the Marine Protected Area Support Network held the virtual event “Marine Protected Area Awards and Recognition” (Para El Mar). As part of the preparations, the project supported the selection process for the finalists of the Best Mangrove Awards. The project site Katunggan It Ibajay Mangrove Ecopark was awarded the third place.
  • In the Visayas region, local events were supported as part of the Month of the Ocean (May), Month of the Environment (June), and International Coastal Cleanup Day (September).
  • A training on communication planning was conducted in July 2021 and attended by 68 representatives* from learning centers, replication sites, NGOs, and regional/provincial authorities. As a result, the competencies for involving the local population in conservation initiatives were strengthened.
  • The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) established a Technical Working Group on unused fishpond areas and other issues related to mangroves. The project had contributed to the establishment of the working group.
  • Between September 2020 and May 2021, representatives from 27 Local Government Units (LGUs) participated in the Social Marketing Online Training. Since then, 19 of the sites have started implementing social marketing processes to raise awareness and change behavior in support of coastal conservation. Based on this, since May 2021 the Taklong Island National Marine Reserve site has already conducted a public campaign for behavior change of the local population.

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Project data


Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Political partner(s):
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - Philippines

Implementing partner(s):
  • Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) - Philippinen
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - Philippines
  • Department of Interior and Local Governments (DILG) - Philippines
  • Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) - Philippines
  • Lokale Gebietskörperschaften (LGUs) - Philippinen
  • Zoological Society of London (ZSL) - United Kingdom

BMU grant:
3.500.000,00 €

11/2018  till  04/2022

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