Apo Island, Dauin, Negros Oriental, Philippines
In 1979, the concept of marine conservation was launched by the Silliman University Marine Laboratory through the project on Marine Conservation Development Program (MCDP) in Apo Island. Through this project, the concept of community-based management was fully conceptualized in an organization called Marine Management Committee (MMC). Through this, the community in Apo Island, Dauin was given the priviledge to take full control in the management with the help of the Silliman University and other stakeholders. In August 9, 1994, it was declared a NIPAS area under Presidential Proclamation No. 438, creating the island as Protected Seascape and Landscape. Today, the management is under the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB). Members of the board comprised of the local government units, the academe, and the local communities under various organizations.