Palaui Island

June 2008

Renovation of multipurpose hall, in exchange for the establishment of a 5,369-acre forest reserve for 20 years

Palaui Island is located off the northeastern tip of Luzon Island in the Philippines. The residents are subsistence farmers and fishers due to limited land available for cultivation. Because of the island’s isolation, rich natural resources and the presence of a resource-dependent population, Palaui faces both livelihood and resource protection issues. Palaui is legally protected under the National Integrated Protected Area System Act, passed by the Philippines’ Congress in 1992. However, illegal logging and slash-and-burn farming occasionally occur because of the lack of agricultural land, decreasing productivity of the soil, and increasing the need to grow food for the local population.

A community space is needed so that the people can gather, receive and conduct trainings, and carry out livelihood activities. Such a structure had been constructed by the Department of Environment and National Resources (DENR) for the island community in late 1993, but it has not been maintained over the years, and is presently unusable. In exchange for Seacology funding of the renovation of its multipurpose hall, the Palaui Island community pledges to protect its 5,370-acre forests over the next 20 years.

Full or partial funding for this project provided by
Seacology UK.
Project Updates
June 2010
As of June 2010 Ferdie reports that several livelihood trainings have been conducted by APFTI at the multi-purpose hall, so the community will not have to resort to extractive methods to sustain...
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December 2009
As of December 2009 the construction of the building has been completed, along with the solar powered electrical system. In addition to being used for the Protected Area Management Board meetings,...
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July 2009
As of July 2009 all concrete work and exterior construction of the building has been completed. The kitchen and bathrooms are completed with indoor plumbing installed. The roof is approximately...
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June 2009
As of April 2009 typhoons and rains caused delays in the transportation of building materials to the island, but it is estimated that construction will be done by mid-May 2009, after which the...
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January 2009
The project began in October 2008 and is scheduled to be completed in early 2009.

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