Sustainable coastal resource management needs to involve all stakeholders in the communities of the Philippines

We feel that our work here in the Philippines is important: for the local communities here in Daanbantayan, for the Philippines as a whole, for their future generations, and from a global perspective. There is no denying that marine resources around the world are struggling in the face of the numerous pressures placed upon them.

There are a number of ways you can help us! The first would be to come here and get involved. Join us on an expedition, and be part of the effort to make the seas a healthier and cleaner place. See for yourself what we do and the difference it can make.

Of course we understand that option isn’t for everyone. So, with this in mind, the second way you can support us is to make a donation! Please rest assured that your contribution will make a real difference, and will be invested locally, here in the Philippines.

In return for your support, our commitment to you will be to keep you updated on exactly where and how your money was used. Please take a look below to get an idea of the sort of projects where we are looking for funding.

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Current Funding Requirements

MPA creation proposals in Daanbantayan
  • WHAT? Efforts to enact coastal resource management need to be underpinned by reliable, accurate information on the extent, type and health of those resources. One method use to collect data at a regional level involves the use of satellite imagery and technical software packages.
  • WHY? The data we collect as part of our biophysical surveys are essential in establishing a ‘baseline’ of marine habitats. However, these surveys are time and equipment intensive and cannot be quickly applied over a large area.
  • FUNDING? High definition imagery, computer software packages and other associated equipment are expensive. However, once the initial setup costs have been met there are significant opportunities for their application.
A meeting for local community members on Malapascua
  • WHAT? The local communities of Talisay, Tominjao and Bagay have expressed a strong commitment to the setting up, and being part of a marine resources management plan on Campatoc Reef.
  • WHY? Campatoc Reef has been highlighted as a potential MPA by the Municipality of Daanbantayan to fight illegal fishing. The successful implementation of this programme needs to engage local stakeholders – to make them part of the process, and give them ‘ownership’ of it.
  • FUNDING? We have identified a number of initiatives that seek to foster community engagement in this process. Funding is required to get them off the ground and to staff them. They include training of local divers (ex-fishermen), focus group discussion, IEC campaigns (Information, Education & Communication), just to name a few!
Employing local people to engage the local community is key in achieving meaningful marine conservation
  • WHAT? We have embarked on a variety of ambitious projects on Malapascua. The success of all of them depends on the team we  assemble to work with us – they must be committed, ambitious and enthusiastic.
  • WHY? But perhaps most important of all, we want to employ a team of local Filipinos – people who know and understand the communities we are working with. For us this is essential in gaining trust, and allowing us to work towards meaningful goals.
  • FUNDING? Right now, we are actively seeking to expand our team by employing more local staff. We are looking to recruit a Project Manager, a Junior Field Scientist and Outreach Officer. We need funds not only to pay salaries for these people, but to give them extensive training to prepare for working in the field.

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