MFI rewards top environmental front-liners in 15x15 awards for its 15th year celebration

Posted: December 16, 2020


In celebration of its 15th year, Malampaya Foundation Inc. (MFI) awarded the Top 15 community conservation partner organizations, Top 15 Bantay Dagat teams and Top 15 Long-Service in conservation enforcement individuals out of its 31 conservation sites located in north Palawan, Oriental Mindoro and Batangas City.

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The awarding was highlighted by an online Zoom awarding with MFI’s Board of Trustees yesterday, December 15, 2020, alongside actual on-site awarding of cash prizes by MFI focal staffs.

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The 31 sites signed conservation agreements at various timeframes with MFI starting 2013 with the aim of improving and upgrading coastal resource management as part of a marine biodiversity conservation program which aims to regenerate communities’ marine ecosystems and biological productivity. Specific conservation actions fall under four (4) major components such as Social Mobilization and Advocacy, Socio-Economic Improvement (of fisherfolk families), Regular Ecological Assessments and Ecological Rehabilitation.


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MFI and its various partners from local governments, national government agencies and community-based organizations have since established over 330,000-hectare new marine protected areas (MPAs), marine management zones within NIPAS sites and fisheries management areas by end-2020. Management effectiveness of MPAs have improved by more than 85% with 15 sites having been duly recognized with external accolades as best-managed MPAs in the various regions and nationwide.




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