Applying business models to sustain socio-ecological resilience in coastal Philippines
Dr Heather Koldewey
ZSL - Philippines, ZSL - Zoological Society of London
Host Country Institutions:
WCS - Myanmar, CTC Coral Triangle Centre, Tierramar, BFAR 1. Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, SEAFDEC South East Asian Fisheries Development Center, DENR Department of Environment and Natural Resources- Biodiversity Management Bureau, Interface Inc, NAMAO Naisud Mangrove and Aquatic Organization, BFA Bugtong-bato Fisherfolk Association, 1 BOFA 1 Basiao Oyster Farmers Association, BANECA Barangay Agustin Navarra Environmental Conservation Association, NewBAMA New Balaring Mangrove Association, BPFA Fisherfolks Association Talotoan Farmers and Fisherfolks, PO Peoples Organisation Barangay Pedada, LGUs - Local Government Units of the Municipalities of Ajuy, Iloilo; Concepcion, Iloilo; Ivisan, Capiz; Sapian, Capiz; Ibajay, Aklan; and Tangalan, Aklan with their coastal Barangay (village) governments, Song Saa Foundation
The Darwin Initiative supported innovative approaches to enhance socio-ecological resilience to disasters in the Philippines, including MMPAs and Net-WorksTM (21-010). This application builds on these experiences and successes to build business models that break pervasive donor dependence in community-based marine conservation, creating fully scalable solutions (connected to other ZSL applications).
Community-based conservation effectively protects 15% of bay-scape waters in three pilot bay areas (thereby meeting national and CBD targets), fully sustained by a diversified Net-Works business model that enhances socio-ecological resilience and reduces dependence on donor funding.