Conservation benefit: Establishment of a 5,369-acre forest reserve for 20 years
Community benefit: Renovation of multipurpose hall
Palaui Island sits off the northeastern tip of Luzon Island in the Philippines. Not a lot of land is available for farming, and residents are primarily subsistence farmers and fishers. 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. However, people still occasionally conduct illegal logging and slash-and-burn farming. These activities decrease the soil’s productivity and increase the need to grow food for the local population.
Community members need a space where they can gather for meetings, trainings, and livelihood activities such as crafts-making. An old structure used for these purposes has not been maintained, and is now unusable. Seacology is funding renovation of the old multipurpose hall. In return, the Palaui Island community has pledged to protect its 5,370-acre forest over the next 20 years.
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- June 2010
- Seacology field representative Ferdie Marcelo reports that Advocate of Philippine Fair Trade has conducted several livelihood trainings at the multipurpose hall, so the community will not have to...
- December 2009
- 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, the building is also...
- 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 70% complete. Work...
- June 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 community will begin...
- January 2009
- The project began in October 2008 and is scheduled to be completed in early 2009.