Economic value of a large marine ecosystem: Danajon double barrier reef, Philippines
TitleEconomic value of a large marine ecosystem: Danajon double barrier reef, Philippines
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsSamonte GPB, Eisma-Osorio R-L, Amolo R, White A
JournalOcean & Coastal Management
Volume122
Date Published01/2016
Type of ArticleJournal Article
KeywordsEconomic valuation, Inter-governmental cooperation, marine protected area
Abstract

The Danajon double barrier reef (Fig. 1) is the only double barrier reef in the Philippines formed over the last 6000 years and one of only three such sites in the Indo-Pacific region Pichon, 1977).The double barrier developed as a result of unique tidal currents and/or resumption of subsidence after the outer barrier was formed (Grobe et al., 1985). It covers a total area of 272 km2 (27,200 ha) with a total coastline of 699 km, spanning 17 municipalities in four provinces and two administrative regions. It accounts for over one percent (1%) of the total area of coral reefs of the Philippines which is estimated at 27,000 km2 (Christie et al., 2006). This unique coastal environment is identified as a priority area for the conservation of reef fishes, corals, mangroves and molluscs (Green et al.,2004).