Learning through experience is an effective teaching tool. CCEF encourages cross visits to areas that have successfully implemented marine conservation whether through MPAs, public education, and livelihood programs.
Timor Leste CRM Learning Visit
As part of Timor Leste’s CTI National Plan of Action (NPOA), MPAs) in two sites – Atauor and Batugade were established in the intent of becoming part of a fully functional region-wide Coral Triangle MPA System. Thereafter, the government of Timor Leste, in cooperation with communities of these areas, identified sites for MPAs and established MPA Establishment Committees in each. However, technical and logistical constraints have delayed the establishment and formal declaration of the MPAs.
Hence, this Field Training and Learning Visit on MPA Management served as an introduction to principles and practices for 9 key government and community managers from Timor Leste. This included orientations on coastal habitats, marine resources, human activities and natural perturbations impacting the coastal zone, processes and arrangements required in establishing and managing MPAs, benefits of MPAs, and learning facilitation skills on MPA management planning. The whole course was held in Cebu Province, where participants were brought to field sites in Argao, Oslob, and Boljoon.
Camiguin CRM Project Ecotourism Cross-visit
The Camiguin Coastal Resource Management Project, a New Zealand Aid Project approved a seed capital for the Catarman’s Pasil Ecotourism Support Enterprise Development Project with counterpart funding from the local government unit (LGU) and Department of Environment and Natural Reources (DENR).
A main component of the project is to build the technical/skills capacities of the service providers and local government unit coastal resource management officer (LGU-CRM) and MEEDO (Municipal Economic Enterprise Development Office). One of the best ways to build capacities and increase the confidence of service providers and implementers of an eco-tourism product/service is through allowing them to experience and discover, first-hand, existing eco-tourism enterprises. The activity enabled the participants to learn how other areas in Cebu Province were implementing eco-tourism services. The cross-visit brought participants to Lapulapu City (olango Island), Aloguinsan (Bojo River), Moalboal (Hale Manna Resort), and Barili (AC Tilapia Fun Fishing and Family Park).