Philippines Marine Turtles Conservation

Five species of marine turtles are found in the Philippines, namely: green, hawksbill, olive ridley, loggerhead and leatherback. Only green, hawksbill and olive ridley turtles nest in the Philippines and the rest forage in Philippine waters. Green and hawksbill turtles nest throughout the Philippines year round while olive ridley turtles nest mostly in the provinces [...]

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Pawikan Conservation Project

Project Name: Pawikan Conservation Project Area Coverage: Nationwide (for marine turtles and dugongs) Implementing Agency/ies: PAWB Duration: Permanent program of the DENR Objectives To conserve the endangered marine turtles (E.O. No. 542, June 26, 1979) and sea cows of dugongs (DAO No. 55, October 21, 1991) Specific Objectives: 1. Enforce existing marine turtle and dugong [...]

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Healthier Coral Reefs means more fishes

Networking of marine protected areas help accelerate coral reef ecosystem benefits

At the rate marine protected areas (MPAs) are being established and managed in the country, it would take at least 100 years for the Philippines to be able to effectively protect even a tenth of its 27,000 km 2 of coral reefs. But coral reef protection could be accelerated if more and larger MPAs would be established, organized into networks and provided with necessary support systems.

Pawikan Conservation in Philippines

Philippines Pawikan Conservation Center

The ultimate patriots, the Pawikans (Filipino for Marine Turtles) return after 25-30 years and go back to where they were hatched to lay eggs. This cycle remained unbroken for ages until recently when these beautiful sea animals have become highly threatened for extinction, due to poaching and hunting- their numbers are alarmingly dwindling. The time is now to take action. Read on and learn how you or your organization can help.

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Impacts of Climate Change to Philippines Marine Ecosystem

The warming of sea water often associated with El Niño episodes have caused coral bleaching on massive scales never seen before. In the Philippines, the case of the El Nido reefs is instructive. Despite being one of the better managed reefs in the country, what used to be a diverse reef with 60-70% coral cover is now down to 5-10% after the devastating coral bleaching event during the 1997-1998 El Niño. It has not recovered to date. Nationwide, the 1998 coral bleaching event decreased live coral cover by as much as 49%.

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