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Tropical Ecosystems Managers in Action towards Conservation and Sustainable use of Coral Reefs and Other Related Ecosystems - The 5th International Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management Symposium (ITMEMS5) was successfully held last February 23-25, 2016 at Hennan Resort, Panglao Island in the Province of Bohol. The symposium was designed to achieve focus consideration of tropical marine ecosystem management issues in the local context, and provided a forum for experiential learning, peer group interaction, mentoring and professional development among coastal and marine managers and their partners.

ITMEMS5 was cohosted by The International Coral Reef Initiative and The Governments of Japan and Philippines through the Ministry of Environment, Department of Natural Resources -Biodiversity Management Bureau, Japan Wildlife Research Center and The International Coral Reef Initiative. See full report.

Participants of the Science Camp conducted a Beach Clean Up on June 9 to join the region in celebrating the Coral Triangle Day

2016 Coral Triangle Day re-orients the youth of Ocean Processes and Marine Ecosystems

Twenty students (20) from different universities and schools in Manila and in other parts of the country were able to conquer Puerto Galera to gain new knowledge about the coastal and marine ecosystems.

For the first time in five years, the National Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) Coordinating Committee (NCCC) Secretariat, led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), celebrated the Coral Triangle Day by holding a Science Camp on June 6-12, 2016.

With the theme “Save Coral Triangle – Stop Plastic Pollution/Waste”, the 2016 camp was filled with lectures, exciting hands-on exercises, group activities, and field exposures in the subject of ocean process and marine ecosystems, some of the basic information needed to develop management plans for our resources.


ARMS stands for Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures. They are specialized underwater monitoring unit which mimics the complexity of the reef. Small animals, called marine cryptobiota, settle onto these units, afterwhich scientists will collect data to study on their biodiversity. ARMS units are also used to study the effects of climate change on reefs. 




In line with the celebration of the 2016 Month of the Ocean (MOO), the Biodiversity Management Bureau conducted an outreach event called “Hands-  on-ARMS” to raise awareness and highlight the importance of marine  biodiversity to the local communities in Anilao, Mabini, Batangas on 25 May  2016.



message of the exec sec of the CBD WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

The booming illegal trade in wildlife products contributes to the continued erosion of Earth’s precious biodiversity. The unsustainable rate of loss of animals robs us of our national heritage, and cultural ties, and can drive whole species to the edge of extinction. The illegal killing, trade and smuggling of wildlife and its products also undermines economies, the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities, fuels organized crime and feeds corruption and insecurity throughout the world. That is why the theme of this year’s World Environment Day is crucial.

While huge efforts are being made to counter the illicit trade, including stronger policies, awareness campaigns, reformed governance approaches, and investments in community conservation and law enforcement, many species remain at risk and it will take a dedicated and sustained effort by each and every one of us to turn the tide.




Manila, Philippines – The country joins the region in celebrating the Coral Triangle Day on June 9, 2016 by conducting activities that will promote the protection of the coastal and marine resources and will increase the awareness of the Filipinos on the state of the marine ecosystems. Spearheaded by the National Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) Coordinating Committee (NCCC), the country has lined up activities taking off from the recently concluded Month of the Ocean.