Preserving Paradise: A Reporting Series on
Protected Areas of the Philippines
2022 was declared the “Year of Protected Areas” in the Philippines to mark the 90th anniversary of protected area establishment in the country. But while the Philippines is among the world’s megadiverse countries, it is tagged as a biodiversity hotspot. The archipelago is also one of the countries most affected by climate change.
Climate Tracker Asia fellows from Eastern Samar produced stories on the role of protected areas in the fight against climate change.
This is supported by Oxfam Pilipinas.
Climate movement in Eastern Visayas gains momentum, but lacks focus on biodiversity issues
Despite the presence of lush forests and surrounding waters, there is a lack of groups in Eastern Visayas that are focused on protecting these important ecosystems.
Bantay Dagat, communities clash as LGU doubles down on protection policies
Members of Bantay Dagat or community-based sea patrols tasked with protecting marine protected areas face threats and silent clashes with fishers in Quinapondan, Eastern Samar.
Guiuan coastal folks turn to mangroves, seawall for protection
Mangrove forests and seawalls play vital role in protecting the coastal villages in Guiuan, Eastern Samar from the destructive effects of strong waves and cyclones.
In northern Salcedo, restoring mangroves is a community endeavor
In Salcedo, Eastern Samar, residents, the local government, and private organizations have been working hand in hand to restore the mangroves damaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan.