The following is an e-postcard from Zamil Akhtar, a GlobalGiving Representative in the Philippines:
Every day, students trickle in to plant mangroves at the shore of Talim Bay. Truth be told, I didn’t know what mangroves were before I visited De La Salle University’s Talim Bay Coastal Resources project. The mangroves cover the shoreline now, and the villagers assure me that it helps protect the marine life. What is unhelpful is the illegal fishing offshore, the harm of which the mangroves can hopefully offset. Fishing is the life blood of the community here, and even on a day with a good catch, life is hard. By helping the villagers plant vegetable gardens, the people at De La Salle also hope to aid in their food security.
Talim Bay CRM project updates for July 2013 The Talim Bay Coastal Resource Management (CRM) Project in partnership with the local government of Lian, Batangas has expanded its Marine Protected Area (MPA) in sitio Keyreyna to inlcude a portion of the municipal waters along brgy Lumaniag Proper. Incidental activities included a marine survey and demarcation of boundaries. Part of the social preparations include the forming of a fishers and women's group within the same area who will spearhead the management of the said MPA.
The local tourism office noticed the increased number of local tourists and corporate groups coming over to visit the MPA of Talim Bay. They often experience the coral reef through direct interaction using skin diving equipment. Safety is ensured by the Kingfisher Association, a people's organization established by COSCA and trained in water safety by the Philippine Commission on Sports Scuba Diving (PCSSD) under the Philippine Department of Tourism.
There is also an increase in the number of volunteers from various institutions who are joining the mangrove restoration activities within Talim Bay. The latest group include the First Data Corp, TRED2 from DLSU and students from Adamson University in Manila. Representatives from Kingfisher Association were invited by the Conservation International (CI) to present and share their mangrove protection initiatives/experiences in Iloilo Province. COSCA and its local partners were invited to participate in a climante change workshop sponsored by the Shields Ocean Research (SHORE). Information generated is to be used for CRM and DRRM planning in selected coastal sites. COSCA also deployed 3 french students in sitio keyreyna to assist the partners in gathering information for the identification of supplemental livelihood options for the local residents. This initiative is in partnership with CORDAID.
The Talim bay community, conservation advocates and the Center for Social Concern and Action of the DLSU – Manila pushes for a more environment friendly 2013 with set coastal resource management plans for Talim Bay met as planned.
The Lian Marine Protected Areas Council (LIMPAC) during its regular planning and evaluation activity held last February 8, 2013 in Barangay Lumaniag, Lian, Batangas reviewed its conservation initiatives in 2012. The body discussed the project updates, among others is the implementation of mangrove reforestation and efforts to widen the extent of fishing area demarcated as a no-fishing zone, which coastal ecosystem are strictly protected and which area requires that fishing activities within Talim Bay need to be regulated. The LIMPAC takes the lead in overseeing and in setting policy directions for the of Coastal Resource Management (CRM) project in Talim bay.
Highlighting the activity was the discussion and agreement reached to sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the local officials of Barangay Binubusan, another CRM project area in the municipality of Lian and the Lian Fisher Folk Association for mangrove sea grass protection.
The Environment and Natural Resources Office key staffer regularly inspects the mangrove in keeping with the project’s goal to help the fishing community conserve, protect and sustainably utilize Talim bay’s marine resources through the institutionalization of management options, among others.
The Center for Social Concern and Action of the De La Salle University – Manila undertakes regular deployment of students in the project area in Lian, Batangas as part of the institution’s formation efforts. Visiting the CRM area in Talim bay deepens community involvement of DLSU students, providing them opportunities to contribute to environmental conservation and protection initiatives, in line with the framework of faith in action.
a partnership project between the center for social concern and action and the local government unit of lian batangas resulted in the declaration of talim bay, a body of water within the municipality as a marine protected area (mpa). mpa's are conservation mechanisms wherein a portion of the fishing ground is demarcated as no-fish zones and wherein the coastal ecosytem within are strictly protected and all forms of fishing are regulated.
as part of the program, local fishers instead of utilizing the area to gather marine resources, are now trained to become local tourist guides. since most of the visitors came to talim bay to look at the beauty of the marine ecosystem, the program was able provide skills training to the local resource users on how to handle tourists. knowledge and skills the were taught include: basic water safety; environmental awareness; climate change and rescue.
the trainers included louie mencias, naui dive instructor and chief lecturer for the buhay dagat program of the department of tourism philippines.
a total of 25 participants completed the course.
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