Applying business models to sustain socio-ecological resilience in coastal Philippines
Dr Heather Koldewey
ZSL - Philippines, ZSL - Zoological Society of London
Host Country Institutions:
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, PO Peoples Organisation Barangay Pedada, BPFA Fisherfolks Association Talotoan Farmers and Fisherfolks, NewBAMA New Balaring Mangrove Association, BANECA Barangay Agustin Navarra Environmental Conservation Association, 1 BOFA 1 Basiao Oyster Farmers Association, BFA Bugtong-bato Fisherfolk Association, NAMAO Naisud Mangrove and Aquatic Organization, Interface Inc, DENR Department of Environment and Natural Resources- Biodiversity Management Bureau, SEAFDEC South East Asian Fisheries Development Center, BFAR 1. Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Tierramar, CTC Coral Triangle Centre, WCS - Myanmar, 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.