Protection and restoration of coastal ecosystems for improved adaptation to climate change in the Philippines and the Coral Triangle
As of: July 2020
Objective and activities
The project worked to improve conservation and restore coastal ecosystems such as coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove forests in the Philippines. The Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and selected municipalities were assisted in their efforts to manage marine protected areas more prudently. Coastal protected areas received equipment and financial grants. Workshops and training events communicated knowledge to local and national stakeholders, while a campaign raises general awareness of the challenges and solutions in this field. The partners developed guidelines based on practical experience and recommendations, and conferred with other national ministries and local institutions as well as with partner countries within the Coral Triangle Initiative. The projekt worked together with rare and Conservation International zusammen.
State of implementation/results
- Project completed
- DENR's capacity to manage marine protected areas has been increased, partly as a result of the development of a strategic plan for the DENR Coastal and Marine Management Office; support has been provided within the context of the Coral Triangle Initiative towards the implementation of the Philippines action plan, for example through the creation of an internet platform with a comprehensive database on integrated coastal zone management
- Advisory support has been provided towards preparation of the first 'State of the Coral Triangle Report'
- Baseline data have been collected, for example on biological diversity and biomass in marine protected areas
- Information events have been organised for local people aimed at involving them more effectively in the management of marine protected areas
- Four automated weather stations were installed in different marine protected areas to collect climate data (in Palawan, Negros Oriental, Northern Antique, Southern Leyte)