Fisher folk key to marine conservation–WWF

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MANILA, Philippines—Conserving the country’s precious marine resources begins with showing fisher folk that protecting natural habitats will redound to more money for them, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Philippines).

“Local communities are the delivery systems of conservation,” WWF-Philippines vice chair and chief executive officer Jose Ma. Lorenzo Tan said at the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) Philippines Forum in Makati City on Wednesday.

He stressed the importance not only of promoting sustainable livelihood for coastline communities but of showing fisher folk that they can earn good profits through sound business practices.

“By delivering bottom-line results that not only provide livelihood but create wealth, we exert a profound influence on sustainably transforming systems and practices,” he said.

“Going beyond science, beyond policy, beyond plans and pilots, our collective goal should be to give our stakeholders and allies a future where they can reap strong, sustainable benefits. In a climate-defined future, this is conservation at work,” Tan said.

For instance, in the town of Araceli in Palawan, decades of overfishing once threatened the trade of live reef fish in the area.

“Overharvesting was a problem,” he said.

Fishers were catching five times more than what could be sustained. Spawning grounds for fish were targeted, severely depleting natural brood stock,” Tan said.

But when local government units and stakeholders began to support conservation efforts, the industry recovered, he said. The benefits are beginning to show, Tan said.

He cited the cases of fisher folk Federico and Nida Illut who “finally upgraded their flimsy bahay kubo (nipa hut) to a two-bedroom concrete house—the direct result of rising grouper or lapu-lapu yields.”

Palawan, home to over 40 percent of the country’s reefs and diverse fish species, generates 55 percent of all Philippine seafood, including the highly valued suno or red grouper.

Exported to Hongkong, Singapore, mainland China and other seafood hubs, the colorful fish species contributes over P1 billion to the country’s annual revenues and supports the livelihoods of 100,000 people in Palawan alone.

More than 200 environmentalists and conservationists attended the CTI Philippines Forum at the Hotel InterContinental in Makati City.

The event was organized by the CTI-Philippines National Coordinating Committee, cochaired by the Departments of Environment and Natural Resources and Agriculture, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The US government, through the efforts of USAID, the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration, Department of State and other agencies collectively known as the USCTI Support Program, provided technical and financial assistance to six CTI governments, including the Philippines, through the Coral Triangle Support Partnership.

The five-year program is US-government-funded and implemented through Conservation International, the World Wide Fund for Nature/World Wildlife Fund and The Nature Conservancy.

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  • Crazy_horse101010

    according to the papers here the blasted fish that comes here by the truckloads comes from palawan. they stop the trucks take the fish and let the trucks go. and they are still blasting fish in this area problem is there is no more fish to blast but they keep trying. the reefs look like a desert. a banca was caught blasting aboard was the mayors husband

    • AlexanderAmproz

      Casual my dear Watson, will have said Sherlock Holm,
      nobody cares, it’s the same with illegal/legal logging, as long there is trees/mangroves/corral’s, fishes, they can resist to destroyed them for an illusionary short time income at hugh expenses in the near future.
      The Gates of Hell, I am not Joking, the country is under “Fire”

  • TUMBOKIN

    Yup. You hit it right on the head of the nail, since over 80% of RP’s barangies are coastal. But, it is one thing to know and another thing to do something about it.

    Bottomline why these local folks are raping and ravingshing mother nature it is because of poverty–and nothing more.

    Now that we ID the problem, what is the solution for poverty in the country?

    If you ask we Hitler and the Nazi where on the right track–total eradication of one generation so we could start anew… Oh well these are just my 2 cents worth of opinion.

    • AlexanderAmproz

      The Only Problem is the rotten macho, gun totting, ignorant, uneducated, robbers, corrupt and dirty leadership, not the peoples.
      In a Country stepping on the head, the hope is to stand on the feet, put the actual ruling class at the bottom they deserve and put the abundant gifted peoples at the top, instead to kill them to protect the thief’s stollen asset’s.

      The Asian Hitler for the Chinese-Vietnamese’s “capitalist-catholic” (land and any business’s owners)
      The Hero by the Vietnamese’s Buddhist’s from Austronesian origin’s, the “communists,” in fact the exploited, abused and starving masses.
      A traditional colonial scenario, the power given to a collaborating “expat” minority, unsustainable without Foreign “Help”
      The General Van Nguyen Giap(103), French and US wars winner.
      He had exterminated and hunting down the Hua, Vietnamese-Chinese 3.5% of the population(speaking cantonese), ending up as refugees for the lucky one, death camp, or Boat Peoples for others.
      Also something else is interesting to remember, in 1900, the Philippines became the Theater of the first US style Vietnam war in Asia.
      Should study the Vietnamese recent History consequences, many similarities, how to avoid their ideologic mistake’s and numerous awful consequences while reaching the same successful evolutions targets, agrarian reform, dismantling cartels, monopoly’s, etc., but Peacefully ?

  • Noel Noel Munro

    Posted: Tuesday , 12 Mar 2013

    RENO (MINEWEB) –

    Sumitomo Metal Mining Co. (SMM) announced Monday it has decided to construct a scandium recovery pilot plant at its majority owned subsidiary, Coral Bay Nickel Corporation (CNBC), located on Palawan Island in the Philippines.

    Scandium is a rare earth element used in a variety of applications including: as an additive to enhance the strength, heat resistance and corrosion resistance of aluminum; as an electrolyte used in solid oxide fuel cells; and as an electrode used in metal halide lamps and alkaline batteries.

    Small amounts of scandium are contained in the ore used at Coral Bay in the production of nickel-cobalt mixed sulfide applying high-pressure acid leach (HPAL) technology.

    “For some time SMM has been working to develop a scandium recovery method at its Niihama Research Laboratories in Ehime Prefecture,” said the company. “This effort has not led to the attainment of technology enabling efficient recovery of scandium from the nickel-cobalt mixed sulfide production process.”

    Plans call for the scandium oxide pilot plant to be constructed by the end of 2013 and for trial production to commence at a level of 10 kg per month in 2014. “Based on the results of the test operation of the pilot plant, the company will aim for construction of a scandium oxide production line of commercial scale and the launch of (a) related business in 2015,” Sumitomo said in a news release.

    Global production of scandium is estimated at 10 tonnes per year. Major producers of the rare earth element are the United States, Ukraine, Russia and China.

    In a letter Monday to the Philippine Stock Exchange, CNBC minority shareholder, Nickel Asia Corp. Senior Vice President, Emmanuel L. Sampson, said the ore being supplied to CNBC comes from Nickel Asia’s Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corp. mining operations adjacent to the CNBC plant.

    If the CNBC pilot plant is successful, “it will represent the country’s first production of a rare earth element, an important step in the development of the Philippines’ mineral resources sector,” said Sampson.

    “It is also anticipated that if successful, a similar process to recover Scandium oxide will be used by Taganito HPAL Nickel Corp., also majority owned by SMM, which is constructing the country’s second HPAL plant (THPAL) in Taganito, Surigao del Norte,” said Nickel Asia. “Construction of the plant is nearing completion and will be commissioned shortly. It will source its lateritic nickel ore from our 65%-owned subsidiary, Taganito Mining Corp.”

    Nickel Asia has a 6% equity interest in CNBC and a 22.5% equity interest in THPAL.

    “Owing to its modest volume of production and high cost, to date demand for scandium has been limited,” said Sumitomo, “but as supplies stabilize, growth is anticipated particularly in conjunction with its main applications as an aluminum additive and as an electrolyte used in solid fuel cells.”

    “Leveraging its progress in developing scandium recovery technology, going forward SMM aims to strive for efficient recovery of other useful metals,” said the Tokyo-based base metal mining and smelting company.

  • Noel Noel Munro

    Kapag nalason ang tubig sa palawan dahil sa pag mimina ng Rare earth doon magiging no mans island na ang palawan. Parang Nuclear Plant ang risk nyan.

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