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Philippines

San Vicente

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Conservation benefit: Protection of 139 acres of mangrove forest for 12 years

Community benefit: Construction of an 875-yard boardwalk

Date Approved: 06.2012

Mangroves

This project protects mangroves, which trap more CO2 than any other kind of forest and as a result, slow global warming.

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. But an increasing number of fish traps, as well as indiscriminate cutting of mangroves, were harming the fish stocks of nearby traditional fishing grounds.

To preserve the mangroves, the community formed the San Vicente Mangrove Forest Association. They entered into 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, 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.

Working 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.

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.

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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 it was completed. Seacology provided additional funding to help the community finish the boardwalk, and construction was completed in January 2014.

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Full or partial funding for this project provided by Seacology UK.

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