Restoring Northern Palawan's Typhoon-Damaged Ecosystem: PBCAI's INSPIRE Project

In response to the devastation caused by Typhoon Odette, PBCAI launched the "Restoring the Northern Palawan Typhoon-Damaged Ecosystem through Science-Based and Local Initiatives" project from April to September 2022. Funded by USAID through the Gerry Roxas Foundation (GRF), this initiative aimed to address the intensified extraction of natural resources due to the sudden loss of livelihoods post-typhoon. The project focused on promoting ecosystem regeneration through community involvement, ensuring sustainable recovery and conservation of Northern Palawan's natural resources.

Key Activities and Achievements:

  1. Mangrove Restoration:

    • 20 hectares of mangrove forest in Barangay Madoldolon, Araceli, were restored with 20,000 mangrove propagules.
    • Community members actively participated in surveying, preparing planting sites, and maintaining the mangroves, receiving incentives to support their involvement.
  2. Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) Enhancement:

    • 266.27 hectares of MPAs were improved with the installation of mooring buoys and the training of Fish Wardens.
    • Enhanced law enforcement and regular patrols reduced illegal fishing and encroachment.
  3. Livelihood Support:

    • Fisherfolk received technical training and materials for seagrape (lato) farming, providing an alternative income source and allowing wild populations to regenerate.
    • A demonstration plot yielded a successful harvest, encouraging further cultivation.
  4. Community Engagement and Education:

    • Conducted community consultations and IEC campaigns to raise awareness about coastal resource management and biodiversity conservation.
    • Forged a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with local government units (LGUs) to ensure continued support for conservation efforts.

Implementation Challenges:

  • Bad weather conditions and delayed fund disbursements affected project timelines.
  • Additional workforce was required for monitoring activities.

Lessons Learned:

  • Coupling biodiversity conservation with livelihood projects enhances community participation.
  • Visible law enforcement deters illegal activities and raises awareness about protected areas.
  • Building strong relationships with LGUs and communities is crucial for project success.

Social Impact:

  • The project benefitted 1,385 residents of Barangay Madoldolon through restored mangroves and 800 individuals through lato seaweed production.
  • An estimated 9,775 people experienced improved economic benefits from enhanced MPA management.

Sustainability and Future Plans:

  • Continued monitoring and maintenance of restored mangroves and MPAs.
  • LGUs committed to allocating more funds for biodiversity initiatives, ensuring long-term sustainability.

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