Guidelines and Consideration in the Establishment and Management of Marine Protected Areas in the Philippines

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The declining fisheries, loss of coastal habitats, and the disruption in environmental services prompted establishment of marine protected areas in the Philippines. As such, the Department of Agriculture through the Project Management Office of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources implemented a project called the Fisheries Resource Management Project (FRMP) in 18 priority bays. This by the loan funding from the Asian Development Bank and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation.

The paper is the first among the series of technical monographs that aims to provide technical information to guide project partners and stakeholders in the implementation of FRMP. As such, it contains information on the: Categories of Marine Protected Areas and their Definitions; Goals and Objectives of MPAS; Process of Establishing an MPA; Element of Management Plan; and the Port Barton Marine Park.

In support to the efforts in having standardized approaches and tools in establishing MPAS, this monograph was prepared by Benjamin Francisco and Ruperto Sievert and was published in January 2004. To read more on the paper, you may visit the Agriculture and Fisheries Knowledge Center of the Agricultural Training Institute in Quezon City, 8:00am to 5:00pm from Monday to Friday, except during holidays.

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