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

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 supported partner organisations in implementing participatory and sustainable coastal zone management, and it also contributed 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 was also improved. Centres of Excellence presented practical learning experiences on conservation and management measures. They served 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 ultimately led to the improved protection of coastal areas and their inhabitants from the effects of climate change.

Project data

IKI funding
3,500,000.00 €
11/2018 till 07/2022
Implementing organisation
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Political Partner
  • Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - Philippines
Implementing Partner
  • 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

State of implementation/results

  • Project completed.
  • Through a participatory consultation process, the project developed site-specific protected area management and mangrove rehabilitation plans, which have been delivered to eight sites in Bohol.
  • In November 2021, 31 representatives from eight replication sites, local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the regional/provincial authority in Bohol participated in trainings to develop a one-year communication plan for their project communities. The plans aim to raise awareness and involve the local population in conservation initiatives.
  • In September 2021, the Marine Protected Area Awards and Recognition (Para El Mar) virtual event of the Marine Protected Area Support Network (MSN) took place. The project supported the selection process of the finalists of the 'Best Mangrove Awards'. The project site Katunggan It Ibajay Mangrove Ecopark came in third place.
  • Between May and June 2021, a five-part online seminar series on planting beach forests took place with about 600 participants.
  • Based on the social marketing online training organised by the project, the Taklong Island National Marine Reserve site has conducted a public campaign to change the behaviour of the local population from May 2021 onwards. In January and February 2022, the Katunggan It Ibajay and Pedada Integrated Mangrove Ecopark sites launched their respective campaigns.
  • The project partner Zoological Society of London organised the fourth National Mangrove Conference, which took place in November 2020 under the theme "Linking Science, Innovation and Policy: Mangrove and Beach Forest Conservation" in virtual format. The conference was attended by approximately 574 participants from NGOs, universities, local and national government agencies, the private sector and the general public.

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