Kapunungan sa Gagmay’ng Mangingisda sa Concepcion

Kapunungan sa Gagmay’ng Mangingisda sa Concepcion (KGMC) is an organization established by a fishing community in 1986 in Zamboanga Sibugay, a province in the southeastern part of the Philippines. In response to the decline in fisheries within the bay area of Barangay Concepcion, they took on the mission to combat the depletion of mangrove forests along the coast and address the threats to the coastal and marine ecosystem, as well as their communities. Through community organizing and development, environmental education, policy support as well as law enforcement for the protection of mangroves and fisheries resources, KGMC successfully rejuvenated the ecosystem. Through their rehabilitation and conservation activities, a total of 10,000 to 12,000 hectares of mangrove forests are now thriving again in their communities and across the province, bringing back previously vanished species of fish, shellfish and migratory birds to Sibuguey Bay. Ultimately, KGMC's dedication to mangrove conservation and community development has resulted in creating a sustainable environment for future generations.

Key Facts 

Equator Prize Winner: 2023

Year of establishment: 1986

Location: Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay, Philippines

Ecosystem: Oceans and coasts/mangroves


Equator Prize 2023


Asia and the Pacific


Marine and Coastal Resource Management


Biodiversity conservation


Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change



Contact Information

Roberto Ballon


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