In General Santos City, about 100 stakeholders of Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (SBPS) comprising protected area staff of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, local government units and indigenous people groups underwent a training to update the management plan of Sarangani Bay.
The training, which was part of the technical assistance package of the USAID Protect Wildlife project, focused on understanding major laws affecting land and resource use, integrated conservation and development, mapping of validated water and resource uses in the protected seascape, and the zoning of Sarangani Bay.
The project’s strategic approaches address the diverse drivers and threats to habitats and wildlife species. Assisting the local community members with their conservation plans helps formulate a list of conservation and development activities that they can implement in their protected areas. (PWP/ Meg Yandoc)