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The Role Of Protected Areas In Philippine's Sustainable Development

Problem, challenge or context: 

The Proclamation has now clearly delineated the area limited to conservation and protection of wildlife; previously it was not delineated.

The area has experienced flash floods in the lowland so that daily activities were disrupted and economic losses were sustained

The area has a high level of poverty. The proclamation is aimted at addressing this, as poor people will now have a source of livelihoods in terms of ecotourism, employment and other income-generating activities.

Specific elements of components: 

With the adoption of the PA Management Plan, the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB), as the decision-making body, composed of multi-sectoral representatives is now properly managing the PA

People living near the area now partners in its development and protection after they were organized and capacitated

People’s Organizations are hired using the community development approach in the various aspects of developing and protecting the PA where they are reasonably compensated

Key lessons learned: 

Government intervention plays a major role in the implementation of various activities for the benefit of the greater majority

Government resources in terms of money, manpower and other logistics being provided is becoming visible as the big part of the PA is now green

Government cannot do it alone - citizens’ participation has a lot to do in realizing success in the endeavor

Impacts and outcomes: 

With the jobs created and livelihood assistance being provided, the economic life of the people that depends on the PA has improved

Wildlife, e.g. birds, wild deer and plants are now being observed which are being reported at least twice a year through the Biodiversity Monitoring System

Contact details: 
Dr. Angelito Fontanilla, Director, Financial and Management Service, Department of Environment and Natural Resources; and Raymundo Crisostomo, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO)
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