Albay Coral Reef Program Launched

TO CAUTION the impacts of climate change, the Province of Albay — in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) — will implement a Sustainable Coral Reef Ecosystem Management Program (SCREMP).

Albay Governor Joey Salceda said the Albay-DENR partnership program, forged in mid-April this year, includes a livelihood component to be managed by legitimate people’s organizations.

“With alternative sources of income, Albay fishermen need not ‘overfish,’ added Salceda.

Under the agreement, Albay and DENR will donate P100,000 to each of the four municipalities – Oas, Libon, Pioduran and Ligao City, which located in the west coast of the province.

The amount will serve as seed fund for possible livelihood projects that include hog, goat and poultry raising, marketing and production, and fishing.

Albay and the DENR also donated a 30-foot fiber glass boat with 16HP engine and P40,000-worth of gasoline to each of the four municipalities, for use in the surveillance and enforcement of environment laws.

Salceda said SCREMP aims to promote sustainable management of Albay’s coastal and marine resources, including biodiversity, through habitat protection, conservation and rehabilitation.

The program also aims to raise public awareness and social and environmental consciousness on the value of coral reefs, and associated coastal and marine ecosystems to mitigate the impact of climate change.

Albay was declared recently by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a world biosphere reserve.

It is the third site to be declared by UNESCO in the Philippines. The two others are Palawan (1992) and Puerto Galera (2002). To date, there are 669 biosphere reserves in 120 countries. (With reports from The Philippine Star and Business Mirror)


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