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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: 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

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

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

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

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