Jandayan Island, Philippines
Conservation benefit: Enforcement of three existing marine sanctuaries
Community benefit: Support for sustainable alternative livelihoods
Jandayan Island is approximately 120 acres in size, with three villages totaling 2,200 people. The island is one of the poorest in the region because of its depleted marine resources. To help bring back those resources, the island communities have created marine protected areas encompassing 150 acres of mangroves, seagrass beds, and reef slopes.
In exchange, Seacology is funding guardhouses, motorboats, and radio equipment for enforcement of the preserves, as well as demarcation and mooring buoys. Seacology, in cooperation with Project Seahorse, is also providing equipment for organic gardening, organic poultry production, and seaweed production as alternative income sources. The Seacology grant will also fund as demonstration plots and training for small gardens throughout the villages.
- January 2005
- Marker buoys have been installed to outline the marine protected areas. The construction process helped solidify new partnerships with local agencies, allowing villages to procure ongoing support...
- July 2004
- Three marine protected area guardhouses in the villages of Handumon, Jandayan Norte, and Jandayan Sur were completed. Three patrol boats have been purchased to provide mobility to the fish wardens...