Sagay marine reserve mitigates climate change effects
Bacolod City (16 February) -- The Sagay Marine Reserve (SMR) in Sagay City, Negros Occidental is mitigating the effects of climate change by moving beyond the usual conventional monitoring programs into adopting a holistic approach to the problem.
Michelle Reyes of SMR said the program is incorporating mitigation measures into management plans to protect the 32000 hectare marine area, which started as the Cabin Reef in 1983.
Reyes said that they are drawing up action plans to address threats to the marine reserve, including protection of its 500-hectare natural and man-made mangroves and coral reefs.
Basic monitoring methods used in coastal resource management are also now designed as the SMR to identify factors that determine vulnerability of is different reefs, she said.
The Sagay Marine Reserve has been protected by the government for several years now. In 2001, through the efforts of then Congressman now Sagay Mayor Alfredo Maraņon, it was declared a national marine protected area through Republic Act 9106. (PIA/cad) [top]