By joseph rosal - coordinator for community engagement
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.
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