Earlier this year, the USAID Protect Wildlife project in the Philippines signed a partnership agreement with the Sarangani-based Conrado & Ladislawa Alcantara Foundation Inc. (CLAFI) for the implementation of a mangrove nursery rehabilitation and a marine turtle conservation program, which includes technical and funding support in target communities along highly threatened zones in Sarangani Bay.
The Foundation would take the lead in implementing campaigns for conservation in the Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape to increase awareness of the importance of mangrove protection and marine turtle conservation, and secure the support of local government units for policy legislation.
To enhance partnership, CLAFI and the Protect Wildlife project signed an updated agreement that now includes working with indigenous communities to assist them on abaca and coffee production in selected sites where CLAFI is already operating. Moreover, the foundation provides technical assistance on establishing an abaca nursery for the T’boli and the B’laan tribes.
CLAFI works with the project in conducting community-based consultations, assessment and profiling, technical support on mangrove and crop propagation, capacity building, conservation campaigns, research and development, policy and protocol development, small infrastructure support, and monitoring and documentation. (PWP/ Meg Yandoc)