Sustainable coastal protection through biodiversity conservation in coastal ecosystems affected by typhoons in the Philippines
As of: December 2019
Objective and activities
The project assists the DENR with the implementation of a participatory and holistic coastal zone management. Through the rehabilitation of mangrove and beach forests in coastal areas vulnerable to typhoons it contributes to an improved protection of climate-related hazards and biodiversity as well as the coastal zone as a whole. The project aims at the improvement of the political and legal framework conditions for biodiversity and coastal protection. In ‘Centres of Excellence’ best practices for protection and management measures are showcased. They provide the starting point for awareness rising of the coastal population as well as capacity development of decision-makers in the field of coastal zone management. This results in the scaling-up of effective measures in the framework of extensive government programs witch in turn leads to better protection of coastal areas and their inhabitants against climate-related hazards.
- 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).