Biodiversity Conservation thru Biodiversity Monitoring and Ecotourism Development in Selected Barangays of Rajah Sikatuna National Park and Surrounding Location in Sierra Bullones
Biodiversity Conservation thru Biodiversity Monitoring and Ecotourism Development in Selected Barangays of Rajah Sikatuna National Park and Surrounding Location in Sierra Bullones
The project involves biodiversity conservation within and adjacent to the Rajah Sikatuna National Park in Sierra Bullones through developing community-based ecotourism opportunities and biodiversity monitoring while building the capacity of local residents and officials to manage the various ecosystems and resources.

Bohol is one of the critical biodiversity locations in the Philippines. The forested karst limestone areas were recognized in 1987 when the national government established the Rajah Sikatuna National Park (is now a protected landscape). Through the years, however the DENR has provided minimal allocations for preservation and management of the area. The park was recently designated as a principal biodiversity hot spot in Bohol by the national biodiversity congress.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Soil and Water Conservation Foundation Inc.
Country:
Philippines
Area Of Work:
Biodiversity
Grant Amount:
US$ 41,413.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 978,014.05
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 9,171.90
Project Number:
PHI/33/02 GEF-RNE
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed

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Project Characteristics and Results
Gender Focus
Local women's group deal with design and produce souvenir items for sale to visitors to the barangays.
Notable Community Participation
Prior to the start of the project, local PAMB and barangay members installed the biodiversity monitoring system in six of the national park barangays in Sierra Bullones. This was done as part of an effort to install at least one transect line in each of the 29 barangays of the park. Local residents also contributed their part by mapping 37 caves in five of the six park barangays. These have been classified as to use including adventure ecotourism and use as show caves. Some of the bat species have already been identified from Sierra Bullones and other caves and sites in the park. While Soil and Water Conservation Foundation, they regularly coordinates with the Protect Area Supervisor regarding activities taking place in Sierra Bullones. The foundation also works with the regular PAMB members to implement activities under the Ford Funded PAMB Strengthening Project for RSNP. The PASU has assisted local barangays with protection patrols and apprehensions of illegal timber cutters.
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Partnership

The Royal Netherlands Embassy

Grantee Contact

Mr. William Granert
 

Address

169-G Ma. Cristina Extension, Capitol Site, Cebu City
Bohol , Visayas ,
 

Website

http://www.swcfi.org

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Rochelle Balitaan Villanueva
Phone:
+63 2 2944082
Email:
Atty Rodolfo Ferdinand Jr Quicho
Phone:
+63 2 2944082
Fax:
+63 2 2944082
Email:

Address

Biodiversity Management Bureau Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center North Avenue, Diliman
Quezon City, Metro Manila, 1101

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