San Vicente, Bohol
Conservation benefit: Protection of 139 acres of mangrove forest for 12 years
Community benefit: Construction of an 875-yard boardwalk
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. A university study, however, concluded that an increasing number of fish traps, as well as indiscriminate cutting in the mangrove forest, were harming the fish stocks of nearby traditional fishing grounds.
The community decided to take steps to preserve the mangroves. They formed the San Vicente Mangrove Forest Association and began a 25-year Community-Based Forest Management Agreement with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in 1999.
With help from a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer and modest funds from the Department of Labor and Employment, the village built a 500-meter (547-yard) bamboo boardwalk and ecotourism information center. These structures both provide an alternative source of income and are crucial for the mangroves’ protection. The village’s “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 repair and extension of the boardwalk to 800 meters (875 yards). In exchange, the community is committing to protect their mangroves for at least another 12 years.
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- 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...