sss coordination meeting 600pxPhoto by SSS Project TeamQuezon City -- Implementing partners of the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape Project in the Philippines convened on January 12-13, 2017 to enhance strategies and plan activities for the year. The meeting enabled project partners to gain a fresh perspective of the project’s goals for its last full year of implementation. Representatives from the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB); Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR); Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security Regional Secretariat; Conservation International; and GIZ were present during the event.

BFAR and BMB made significant strides in implementing an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) and in establishing a Marine Protected Area Network (MPAN) for the protection of sea turtles, respectively. Performance self-rating among project implementers led to identification of challenges and gaps as well courses of action to address them. One such measure was ensuring close coordination and sharing of resources in the conduct of activities, especially in remote islands of Balabac and Turtle Islands Wildlife Sanctuary. (SSS/ Hannah Nera)


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