To bolster fisheries produce and provide alternative livelihood to local fisherfolks, the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS)-North participated in the Marine Protected Area (MPA) Network Fisheries Management Plan Workshop in NGC, Araceli, Palawan, on May 11, 2023.
This workshop, organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for Nature, in collaborationwith the Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator (MPDC) and Municipal Agricultural Office (MAO), barangay fisherfolks, barangay captains, Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO), Municipal Tourism Office, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO), Municipal Mayor’s Office (MMO), aimed to address the challenges faced in the six municipalities of Roxas, Dumaran, Araceli, El Nido, Taytay, and Linapacan.
The workshop focused on tackling ecological issues such as overfishing and pollution, as well as addressing human well-being concerns like the low income levels of fisherfolks, settlement and tenure matters, and the importance of good governance. These factors significantly contribute to the degradation and destruction of MPAs.
The purpose of the MPA Network Fisheries Management Plan Workshop was to develop comprehensive strategies and action plans to mitigate these challenges. By involving stakeholders from various sectors and communities, the workshop sought to foster collaboration, promote sustainable practices, and improve the overall management and enforcement of MPAs in the region.
The active engagement of PCSDS-North in this workshop demonstrates their commitment to supporting local fisherfolk, protecting the marine environment, and promoting the sustainable development of Palawan’s coastal communities. By working together with relevant organizations and government agencies, they strive to create a positive impact and ensure the long-term viability of the fisheries sector in Palawan.