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Partner with local and national governments, civil society, inter-local government alliances, and academics during project implementation to create an enabling environment and a venue to discuss critical issues related to the protection, conservation, and management of Tañon strait, as well as capacitate them as co-delivery partners.

About the Implementing organization

Name: Malusay Fish Loving People II

Country: Philippines

Year of establishment: 1994

Type of organization: Community-based association or organization / Community enterprise or business / Cooperative business / Public-private partnership / Other


Education for the conservation of forests and grasslands (Paramos)

Community organization that is intersectional- municipalities and ngos and local stakeholders toward the conservation of water resources.

Adaptation to climate change - prevention of water scarcity within local committees

Nature Element

Forests / Oceans / Coasts / Wetlands / Wildlife

Type of Action

Protection / Restoration / Sustainable use / Mainstreaming into sectors / Access and benefit sharing / Awareness and education / Advocacy for land & water rights

Sustainable Development Element

Jobs and livelihoods / Food security / Disaster risk reduction / Peace and security

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)


Environmental Impacts

Where the Tañon Strait did not have strong management capabilities to support its large and diverse area and supported populations, SMARTSeas was able to facilitate partnerships, promote policies, and provide capacity to the Protected Area Office, and government partners to manage the seascape. Better management is beginning to enrich and transform the Tañon Strait Marine Protected Area, not just in management aspects, but also into a hub for rich corals and biodiverse marine populations, as seen from accounts of large marine vertebrate sightings and results of biophysical resource assessments.

Furthermore, communities like Malusay are supported in sustainably managing fish stocks and have consistent access to reliable sources of fish for food security, economic support, and cultural importance. Through enabling policy and government partnership, Malusay is able to preserve a healthy ecosystem with increased productivity, translating to stronger and more reliable fish populations.

Sustainable Development Impacts

Co-delivery partners have critical roles in sustaining MPA and fisheries management in Tañon Strait. It is important to teach partners the key elements of SMARTSeas and Fish Forever to hasten program implementation, create synergy, influence planning and budgeting processes, and leverage resources and maximize cost-sharing scheme. Having co-delivery partners learn the tools and methodologies will increase the potential of mainstreaming, sustaining, and replicating the application of the tools and the program’s best practices.


Of the five project sites of SMARTSeas in the Philippines, only Tañon Strait is a protected area. There is high potential to influence national policies on fisheries management in all the other protected areas in the Philippines. The result of the policy review is now being used by the Biodiversity Management Bureau to craft national policies and regulations, and will soon influence the crafting of local policies and ordinances.

The approach Malusay partern Rare is using through SMARTSeas and Fish Forever projects has been included in the recently-approved Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022, following discussions with government partners. The PDP is the national planning document that reflect the administration’s priorities, and the basis for country strategies of bilateral and multilateral partners. For example: the language of our approach can be seen in the PDP around territorial use rights, managed access areas, sustainable financing mechanisms, and behavior change.


MAFILIP’s partner Rare is using other partnerships as the key to replication. Of the 42 Local Government Units LGUs) in Tañon Strait, 22 are Rare partners, with potential to support LGUs nationwide.

Training co-delivery partners (like local NGOs) at the provincial level enables them to support their LGUs, and replicate it outside of project sites in Tañon Strait. Similarly, training campaign teams from partner LGUs enables them to replicate it in their local communities and people’s organizations.

This approach creates a ripple effect: Implementation at the national level is likely because of local ownership, and belief in the approach’s success among constituents .

Internationally, Fish Forever is operates in other countries, with interest in scaling the approach. It has demonstrated success because it is flexible and can be customized to partners’ requirements. More importantly, it takes advantage of communities’ own strengths and knowledge to drive reforms and behavior change.

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