Protecting the Environment, Managing the Resource Base
The promotion of community-based natural resource management (CB-NRM) is an integral part of PRRM’s area development programs in coastal and upland areas.
The goals: for fisherfolk, small farmers, coastal and upland communities to acquire substantive control over natural resources and the decision-making processes that affect these resources, and to attain a degree of ecological sustainability through resource regeneration, protection and sustainable management.
The elements of CB-NRM include: establishment of multi-sectoral mechanisms for resource management, building of protection capacities, demonstration of rehabilitation projects, and advocacy for local policies supportive of environmental protection.
Capacity-building on resource management for fisherfolk in partner communities along three major bays (Manila Bay, Tayabas Bay and Lagonoy Gulf), two island provinces (Marinduque and Camiguin), and the coastal ecosystem of one other province (Negros Occidental); assistance in the replanting of mangroves and in the establishment of marine reserves.
Development of community-based forest protection mechanisms and forest rehabilitation.
Protected Area Management
Empowering local communities residing inside and within the buffer zones of natural parks to manage their own resources and become active partners in protected area management; providing alternative livelihood opportunities and improving tenurial security for local and indigenous communities.
Community-managed program promoting tourism which is in harmony with the local environment and culture.
Major Resource Management Projects
- Sustainable Fisheries Development Program (SFDP): community organizing component of the DA-ADB Fisheries Sector Program (FSP) in three (3) bays (Manila Bay, Tayabas Bay and Lagonoy Gulf), covering nine (9) provinces (Bataan, Bulacan, Cavite, Pampanga, Rizal, Batangas, Quezon, Albay, Catanduanes) for three (3) years.
- Manila Bay Community-Based Coastal Resource Management Program: a two-year project that covered Bataan, Bulacan, Cavite, Pampanga and Navotas; supported by the Spanish NGO IPADE.
- Manila Bay Community-Based Coastal Resource Management Program Phase II: supported by the Kankyo Jigyodan through the Japan People-to-People Aid Movement (P2).
- Marinduque Community-Based Coastal Resource Management and Watershed Management Projects: supported by Plan International.
- Community Forestry Project (CFP) in Tancong Vaca, Camarines Sur: supported by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
- Camiguin Sustainable Community Forestry Development Project (CSCFDP): supported by IPADE.
- Consolidation of Eco-Development Tourism as an Economic Alternative in the Island of Camiguin: a full-scale eco-development tourism program that entailed capacity-building of pilot partner communities and actual hosting of a number of visitor groups through a homestay program; supported by the Agencia Espanola para la Cooperacion Internacional (AECI) through IPADE.
- Conservation of Priority Protected Areas Project (CPPAP): a six-year project funded by the World Bank and implemented through the NGOs for Integrated Protected Areas (NIPA) consortium; PRRM served as host NGO for the Bataan Natural Park and for the Mount Apo National Park in Cotabato.