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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.
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”.
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:
Habitat Monitoring and Evaluation
Marine Protected Areas Mgmt
Coastal Resource Management