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CCEF Joins the 2019 National Fisheries Summit

March 6 to 7, 2019 ‖ ALYZA NOELLE TAN

Key government during the event and are part of the panel during the summit to explain the services their agencies can offer to municipal mayors in enhancing climate resilience in fisheries
Photo by Rare Philippines. Rare Philippines Vice President Rocky Sanchez Tirona explains the rationale and process, including roundtable discussions with NGOs and champion coastal mayors, that resulted in the key fisheries issues up for discussion

Last March 6 to 7, 2019, the Department of Agriculture- Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA- BFAR), the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) and Rare Philippines co-hosted the 2019 National Coastal Fisheries Summit at Radisson Blu Hotel, Cebu City.

The summit brought over more than 200 Mayors from the coastal municipalities, BFAR regional and provincial staff, and representatives from various national government agencies. The National Fisheries summit aims to discuss and seek solutions for the emerging issues that the coastal municipalities and local governments face, and inspire communities to achieve sustainable fisheries and effective coastal resources management. 

 The summit discussed several issues tackling coastal resource management such as the Preferential Rights of Municipal Fishers, Impacts of Climate Change, Sustainable Financing, Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUUF) and Enforcement, and National Integrated Protected Areas Systems (NIPAS) and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Outputs of the Summit includes resolutions, policy recommendations, and set- up of inter-agency, multi- sectoral committees to help address the issues discussed. 

The Coastal Conservation and Education Foundation was an exhibitor during the event, offering partnerships with LGUs, NGOs and POs as well as giving out interactive coastal resource management books such as the Jack’s Tale and Biodiversity

CCEF Office and Field Assistant Marilyn Alilay and Executive Director Moonyeen Alava at the CCEF booth during the event.
Social determinants as discussed during the session on Sustainable Financing for Coastal Governments
Photo by Rare Philippines. Mayor Coro  discusses topic on Sustainable financing and on how their municipality in Del carmen, Siargao as a 5th class municipality can raise funds despite a low revenue base fff fffffff
CCEF executive director Moonyeen Alava raising questions about the percentage of effective MPAs in the Philippines as well as the incorporation of MPA size and representativeness of ecosystems in MPAs
CCEF Executive Director Moonyeen Alava, together with previous CCEF staff attending the event
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