San Vicente, Bohol

June 2012

Construction of an 800-meter (875-yard) boardwalk, in support of the protection of 56.25 hectares (139 acres) of mangrove forest for 12 years

The community of San Vicente, in Maribojoc, Bohol, has a rich 56.25-hectare (139-acre) mangrove forest with 25 different species of mangrove trees. After a university study indicated that the increasing number of fish traps and indiscriminate cutting within the mangrove forest were adversely affecting the fish stocks of nearby traditional fishing grounds, the community decided to take steps to preserve it. The village formed the San Vicente Mangrove Forest Association, and began a 25-year Community-Based Forest Management Agreement from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in 1999. With the assistance of a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer and modest funds from the Department of Labor and Employment, the village was able to construct a 500-meter (547-yard) bamboo boardwalk and ecotourism information center, which then became their alternative source of income and was crucial for the mangroves’ protection and conservation. Their “Mangrove Adventure Tour” achieved some success, attracting tourists over the years. Of late, however, the number of visitors has been decreasing, mainly because the boardwalk is becoming dilapidated and less attractive.

In partnership with local organization PROCESS Bohol, Seacology is funding the reconstruction and extension of the boardwalk to 800 meters (875 yards) using sturdy materials. In exchange, the community is committing to the protection of their mangroves for at least another 12 years.

Full or partial funding for this project provided by
Seacology UK.
Project Updates
June 2014
After Seacology provided funds so the boardwalk could be completed, the repair work was done, and Field Representative Ferdie Marcelo attended an opening ceremony in February 2014.
February 2014
The magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck the island on October 15, 2013, and super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) which followed soon after on November 8, damaged portions of the boardwalk even before...
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