Marine Biodiversity Conservation

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Helping Conserve the Country’s Abundant Marine Resources

In marine environments where the Malampaya Deepwater Gas to Power project operates, Malampaya Foundation (MFI) works with communities and other organizations to help conserve the rich and diverse marine ecosystems found in its focal areas. These are in Batangas City, Eastern Mindoro and Northern Palawan — areas classified as marine biodiversity hotspots.


Community-based habitat and species assessment.

MFI plays an important role in the conservation of the Verde Island Passage (VIP) Marine Corridor through the VIP MPA Network, which is under the supervision of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. MFI’s catalytic role in implementing collaborative community-based conservation actions with the Provincial and Local Government Units is aimed at improving marine resource management in VIP—the world’s “center of the center of shorefish biodiversity”.


Establishment of community reef watch teams.

In North Palawan, MFI’s Barangay Aquatic Habitat and Underwater Regeneration Assistance (BAHURA) program helps local communities implement effective coastal resource management plans and pioneering environment-friendly alternative livelihood to aid in the rehabilitation of degraded marine resources.

MFI employs an integrated approach to its marine biodiversity conservation programs through the following methods:

Reef Assesments

Habitat Monitoring and Evaluation

Marine Protected Areas Mgmt

Enforcement Strengthening

Coastal Resource Management

Social Mobilization


Information Education

Resource Rehabilitation

Alternative Livelihood

Capacity Building

Sanitation enhancement

Conservation Agreements


Establishment of community reef watch teams.


Automated Rapid Reef Assessments with marine
science institutes.


Community information drive.


Community Coastal Resource Management training
and planning.

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