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ABOUT THE COASTAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PROJECT
What We Do
CRM is also referred to in various quarters as ‘coastal management’, ‘coastal zone management’, ‘coastal area management’, and ‘integrated coastal management.’ In more specific terms, it means planning, implementing and monitoring the sustainable use of coastal resources. Accepted wisdom says the process must be participatory, that is, it must be consultative, multisectoral and interdisciplinary. It must consider the interconnectedness of the various ecosystems. It must encourage cooperation among individuals, among communities, among countries. It must, in other words, be rooted in the truth that we all share but one ocean.
CRMP’s approach to CRM is both holistic and integrated, covering a diverse set of project activities designed to bring about effective management of coastal resources at both the national level and the local level. The Project is initially being implemented in six learning areas -- Olango Island, Cebu; San Vicente, Palawan; Malalag Bay, Davao del Sur; Negros Oriental; Bohol; and Sarangani Province -- which will serve as strategic expansion nodes from which good CRM practices can be spread to other coastal areas in the country. To support the replication and sustainability of the project, activities are directed at enhancing the capability of national and local governments and the communities themselves to develop and implement resource management processes and systems.
Community participation is therefore an inherent and integral part of CRMP: Throughout the CRM process, we work with and through a wide cross-section of coastal resource users, including fisherfolk, local governments, the national government, NGOs, the private sector, and POs.
CRMP includes the following project activity components:
We are using a two-pronged approach to achieving sustainable resource use: We aim to influence policy at the national level and at the same time implement specific CRM activities and systems at the local level. By collaborating with other donor agencies involved in CRM, we are able to expand our reach in a strategic way.
The Project assists national government agencies in finding practical solutions to four key problem areas in coastal resource management: jurisdictional issues management, mangrove management, commercial fisheries management, and biodiversity conservation. At the local level, it helps communities institutionalize CRM planning and implementation.
To achieve our objective of sustainable resource management in Philippine coastal areas, CRMP is mobilizing all sectors of society, the private sector, the Church, media, NGOs, schools and the government. It is also undertaking public education and social mobilization activities to ensure that CRM is prioritized in the national social agenda.