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DENR backtracks on special permits for protected areas

May 24, 2018 - 9:07 AM

DENR Mimaropa Regional Director Natividad Bernardino says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu 'has ordered to put on hold the memorandum he signed concerning the SAPA suspension lifting'

Greenpeace to DENR: Opening protected areas to businesses leads to exploitation

May 09, 2018 - 5:39 PM

'We would like to remind the Philippine government that our environment is not for sale,' says Vince Cinches, Greenpeace Southeast Asia-Philippines political campaigner

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. Vince Cinches, Greenpeace Southeast Asia-Philippines political campaigner, warns against lifting the suspension of the issuance of pecial use agreement for protected areas. Photo from the Facebook page of Oceana Philippines

El Nido's balancing act: Managing nature and tourism

Jan 31, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The national and local governments are putting in place measures to minimize the negative impact of tourism pressure on El Nido

EL NIDO. A banca inside one of El Nido's treasured lagoons. File photo

DENR prepares charges vs hikers responsible for Mount Pulag fire

Jan 24, 2018 - 3:55 PM

'The DENR recognizes the impact the fire had on the national park and we will pursue all legal avenues to bring those responsible to account,' says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

Cable car in Palawan’s Underground River? No, thanks – management

Oct 14, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Palafox Associates, which proposed the project, says such type of attraction is needed to convince tourists to stay longer in Puerto Princesa, instead of leaving for other destinations such as El Nido

NATURAL WONDER. The Puerto Princesa Underfround River. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Securing our food now and into the future

Apr 11, 2017 - 11:00 AM

It s about time to protect the oceans

WEALTH OF THE SEA. An undated handout picture made available by Australia's James Cook University (JCU) on 31 January 2016 shows marine life in the Great Barrier Reef, in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. File/James Cook University

Fishermen probed for catching ocean sunfish in protected area

Mar 04, 2017 - 7:15 AM

The ocean sunfish is considered a vulnerable or threatened species

OCEAN SUNFISH. The dead ocean sunfish caught by the three fishermen from Negros Occidental at the Tañon Strait on March 1. Photo by Edgardo Rostata

‘For the next generation’: Iloilo fishermen take lead in coastal management

Sep 04, 2016 - 9:04 AM

From creating artificial reefs to planting mangroves fisherfolk in Iloilo s northern towns lead efforts in coastal management to make the sea sustainable for their children

REPLENISHING RESOURCES. Jackstone-type artificial reefs lie on the shores of Barangay Bancal in Carles town. These serve as breeding grounds once immersed under water. Photo by David Lozada/ Rappler

How solar panels helped Iloilo fishermen recover from Yolanda

Aug 20, 2016 - 2:00 PM

The money they used to buy kerosene before is now used to buy rice and food They don’t have to go far either to charge their equipment

GO SOLAR. Solar panels are placed outside the charging station in Barangay Bancal in Carles. The charging station's design can withstand extreme weather conditions. Photo by David Lozada

Palawan mining interests holding environment bill hostage?

Jan 27, 2016 - 4:49 PM

Environmentalists claim Palawan officials are trying to prevent a ban on mining and logging in some of their protected areas

PROTECTION FOR PALAWAN. El Nido in Palawan is one of the most beautiful spots in the country. Photo by Amer Amor

Palawan's protected areas at the crux of debate on proposed law

Nov 14, 2015 - 2:38 PM

A proposed bill expanding the country s protected areas lacks 5 of Palawan s major nature reserves

WORLD WONDER. The entrance to the Puerto Princesa Underground River. Rappler file photo

Zamboanga, Batangas sanctuaries hailed best PH marine reserves

Oct 31, 2015 - 7:26 AM

Over 200 marine reserves all over the country vied for the top spots They were judged based on sanctuary management ecological impacts and benefits to communities

REWARDS. The teeming fish in Batangas marine sanctuaries is the best prize for conservation efforts. Photo courtesy of MSN

Gameplan: Diving in Danjugan Island

Sep 27, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Gameplan takes you underwater diving into Danjugan Island s breathtaking marine life

Gameplan: Discover Danjugan Island

Sep 26, 2015 - 9:00 AM

A trek around the island will bring you to mangrove plantations and a cave where thousands of bats dwell

PH eagle Pamana's death sounds alarm for conservation efforts

Aug 21, 2015 - 9:48 AM

Pamana s death in UNESCO World Heritage Site Mount Hamiguitan a protected area highlights the need for greater local community involvement in conservation efforts

KING OF BIRDS. The Philippine eagle or Haribon is close to extinction because of deforestation and poaching

Senate passes bill to protect 97 ecologically-important areas

Jul 29, 2015 - 8:45 PM

If the bill becomes a law it will automatically exclude the protected areas from activities like mining logging poaching and limits fishing

NATURAL BEAUTY. Did you know that the Chocolate Hills in Bohol is not yet protected by national law? Photo from Wikipedia.org

Expedition Shark: Why we need to protect these predators

Jul 10, 2015 - 6:01 AM

A team of scientists from the Philippines Europe and America conduct a 10 day expedition in the Tubbataha Reef

IN PHOTOS: 12 'rare and new' species in Verde Island Passage

Jun 12, 2015 - 9:41 AM

Meet spectacular sea slugs sea urchins and starfish that further affirm the Philippines reputation as a hotspot for marine biodiversity

Halgerda species

Looking back: the Turtle Islands Heritage Protected Area

May 31, 2015 - 4:30 PM

On May 31 1996 the Philippines and Malaysia declared the Turtle Islands a protected area

Is coral transplantation the way to save PH corals?

Apr 16, 2015 - 6:43 PM

A Senate hearing is called after the completion of the biggest coral transplantation project in the country

CORALS IN DANGER. The Philippines hosts 27,000 square kilometers of coral reefs but just 1% are rated in excellent condition. Photo by WWF

Huge fire in Mt Kanlaon blamed on 'illegal trekkers'

Apr 13, 2015 - 8:04 PM

Two underaged boys are suspected of causing a fire that burned 29 hectares of lush Mount Kanlaon a protected area and favorite mountaineering destination

SCORCHED. A fire consumes 29 hectares of Margaha Valley in Mount Kanlaon, one of the mountain's most famous features. Photo by Cecil Morella

PH most lacking in funds, staff for conservation in ASEAN

Mar 03, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Protected areas in the Philippines are underfunded and understaffed by 324 and 540 respectively says a new study

MOUNT PULAG. One of the highest-earning protected areas in the country, Mount Pulag in Benguet, is threatened by pressures like growing number of visitors, trails and roads. Photo by Jodesz Gavilan/Rappler

Hundreds vow to protect PH's biggest marine protected area

Feb 12, 2015 - 4:35 PM

A general management plan for Tañon Strait was due 17 years ago after it became a protected seascape by virtue of a presidential proclamation in 1998

TAÑON'S TREASURES. A spinner dolphin greets human visitors to Tañon Strait. Photo courtesy of Razcel Salvarita

10 things you didn't know about Tañon Strait

Feb 10, 2015 - 3:19 PM

If you ve gone dolphin watching in the Philippines it was probably in Tañon Strait the biggest marine protected area in the country

MARINE WONDERS. Hammerhead sharks can be found in Tañon Strait in the Visayas. Photo by Oceana/Rob Stewart

World parks congress ends, urges more ocean protection

Nov 19, 2014 - 1:37 PM

The World Parks Congress with representatives from 160 nations outlines a pathway for achieving a global target to protect at least 17 of land and 10 of oceans by 2020

PEEK-A-BOO. This photo taken on September 22, 2014 shows fish looking out from the coral of the Great Barrier Reef. William West/AFP

Nature reserves on the rise but funds lacking – UN

Nov 13, 2014 - 11:24 AM

More needed to be done to ensure protected areas are appropriately located in areas important for biodiversity and ecosystem services are effectively and equitably managed and are well connected

View of two blacknecked storks at Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, in Cano Negro, Costa Rica, on 27 March 2012. Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA

Plans for Antarctic marine reserves fail again

Oct 31, 2014 - 10:24 PM

China and Russia block both the East Antarctic scheme and a US New Zealand bid for a protected zone in the Ross Sea during the annual Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources talks

FAIL. Marine reserves proposed for Antarctica failed to win approval at international talks in Australia Image courtesy of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority

PH ethnic groups want bill recognizing conservation rights

Oct 23, 2014 - 12:38 PM

They say existing laws on conservation do not address new concerns on preserving ecologically important sites that are also sacred to the IPs

PH ethnic tribes lauded for role in forest conservation

Oct 22, 2014 - 5:51 PM

Indigenous peoples will document their traditional conservation practices as part of a plan to involve them more in protecting the country s natural wonders

Gov't to act on overlapping land titles

Oct 21, 2014 - 5:19 PM

Two years after a joint administrative order government agencies will finally sort through the mess of conflicting land documents that have derailed many government programs

PH sets up trust fund for protected areas

Oct 12, 2014 - 11:39 AM

Protected Area Management Boards will be allowed to use 75 of revenues to fund development activities

Scientists warn of tourism threat to Antarctica

Jun 18, 2014 - 3:36 PM

A surge in tourists visiting the frozen continent and new roads and runways built to service research facilities are threatening Antarctica s fragile environment

ANTARCTIC MORNING. King George Island : View of Antarctica early in the morning after a snow shower, on March 13, 2014. Photo by Vanderlei Almeida/ AFP

206 PH caves classified, to be protected by gov't

May 01, 2014 - 11:43 AM

The country now has a total of 364 classified caves which the government is required to manage and protect

Bud Bongao: The sacred mountain of Tawi-Tawi

Apr 28, 2014 - 3:16 PM

The holy mountain in Bongao town is the first community administered protected area in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

SACRED SITE. Bud Bongao is Tawi-Tawi's most famous mountain, an important pilgrimage site for both Christians and Muslims. All photos by Gregg Yan/WWF

Mt Banahaw fire burns 50 hectares of mountain forest

Mar 20, 2014 - 3:34 PM

Officials are having a difficult time putting out the blaze because of strong winds and the steep slope of the area

MOUNTAIN BLAZE. Officials say the fire has begun to die down but strong wind may still cause it to spread. Photo courtesy of Philippine Air Force

PH to build elephant monument from destroyed ivory

Mar 13, 2014 - 8:40 PM

The ash will be mixed with concrete to build a giant sculpture of a mother elephant protecting her calf an environment department official says

CRUSHING CRIME. A road roller destroys elephant tusks that have been seized from illegal shipments since 2009 and are kept in storage at the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau-Department of Environment and Natural Resources (PAWB-DENR) in Quezon City. Photo courtesy of EPA

5 ways to improve how we protect our parks

Jan 17, 2014 - 1:19 PM

Sustainable ecotourism projects and involving indigenous peoples can help conserve the most beautiful places in the country

PARADISES ON EARTH. The world-famous Tubbataha Reefs is one of 240 protected areas in the Philippines. Photo by Gregg Yan

PH natural parks management rated 'poor' to 'fair'

Jan 15, 2014 - 8:25 PM

Our mountain parks and coral reefs are threatened by lack of funding lack of trained personnel and conflicting policies

PROTECTING OUR PARKS. Mount Pulag National Park is a popular hiking destination and home to several indigenous tribes. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

A year later, US yet to pay P58-M Tubbataha fine

Jan 03, 2014 - 3:17 PM

The US embassy in Manila has reportedly not commented either on a related case despite a letter from the Supreme Court

GROUNDED SHIP. On January 17, 2013, the USS Guardian ran aground and damaged the Tubbataha Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site. File photo courtesy of AFP Wescom

Critically-endangered dugong found dead in Palawan

Dec 20, 2013 - 8:37 PM

It s the second time this year a sea mammal is found dead in Palawan its final stronghold in the country

THREATENED. An adult male dugong is found dead in Busuanga, Palawan, reportedly after getting entangled in ropes in a seaweed farm. Photo courtesy of DENR-PAWB

NBI probes Chavit Singson, daughter for wild duck hunting

Nov 25, 2013 - 2:23 PM

The wild ducks killed by the Singsons for sport appear to be Philippine wild ducks

FOR SPORT. An Instagram post shows Chavit Singson and daughter on a wild duck hunting trip. Screengrab from Change.org

Nations gather to discuss ocean protection

Oct 19, 2013 - 1:57 PM

Policymakers from some 100 nations meet in France next week to bolster efforts to have 10 of the world s marine and coastal areas under protection by 2020

PROTECTED AREA. Seabirds in a sandbar in Tubbataha Reef. Image by Ron Van Oers/ Unesco

PH eagle's death probed

Oct 19, 2013 - 12:58 PM

UPDATED The death of a Philippine Eagle released back into the wild after rehabilitation is being investigated by authorities

New law empowers local communities for ecotourism

Oct 04, 2013 - 2:11 PM

A new law makes income from protected areas more accessible to local communities managing them

POWER TO THE LOCALS. The Ifugao tribe is part of the local community designated as stewards of protected areas in the Cordilleras like Mount Pulag

Mt Makiling named ASEAN Heritage Park

Oct 04, 2013 - 12:11 PM

The legendary mountain is the 33rd ASEAN Heritage Park and the 5th in the Philippines

MOUNTAIN OF LEGEND. Mount Makiling, now an ASEAN Heritage Park, is associated with the legend of Maria Makiling, a beautiful fairy who guards the mountain. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Isla Verde: Garbage, pollution threaten world jewel

Sep 24, 2013 - 1:42 PM

Pollution continues to plague the most important marine sanctuary in the world

BIODIVERSITY HOTSPOT. In 2004, scientists declared the Verde Island Passage between Batangas and Mindoro the center of the coral triangle. Photo from Conservation.org

Illegal loggers cut down 1,000 endemic trees in Negros

Sep 16, 2013 - 9:50 PM

Informal settlers within the Northern Negros Natural Park are blamed for felling the trees for charcoal making and housing

FALLEN. Despite efforts from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, logging continues even in the country's forest reserves

The trashing of Mount Apo

Aug 30, 2013 - 12:28 PM

In light of an alarming garbage problem the DENR hopes to implement an ecotourism program

HEAPING UP. Garbage mars the beauty of Mt Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines and a favorite hiking destination. All photos by Jessie Delos Reyes

Chinese jailed for Tubbataha damage allowed bail

Aug 20, 2013 - 11:49 AM

A local court doubles their bail to P240 000 each

MAY POST BAIL. The 12 Chinese nationals have to pay P240,000 each to post bail. Photo from Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Facebook page

That morning in Tubbataha

Aug 17, 2013 - 9:38 AM

Tubbataha Reef celebrated its 25th anniversary as a Marine Protected Area last August 11

FLOURISHING. Despite destruction from ships that ran aground it and illegal fishing, Tubbataha Reef is doing well. Photos by JML Tan