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The Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Sector (PAWCZMS) is in charge of protecting, managing, conserving and developing protected areas, wildlife, caves, and coastal and marine resources.

A. PROTECTED AREAS AND WILDLIFE DIVISION

  1. Recommends policies, guidelines, plans, programs and project proposals on the establishment and management of areas under the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS), wildlife resources conservation and caves and cave resources management
  2. Enforces laws and regulations on NIPAS Act, Wildlife Act, Caves and Cave Resources Act and multilateral agreements like the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (CPB), Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMSWA), Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES), Convention on Wetlands and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and World Heritage Convention
  3. Provides technical assistance to PAMBs, LGUs, OGAs and private sectors in the management and protection of protected areas, wildlife, caves and cave resources and conservation of biodiversity
  4. Recommends areas for disestablishment and/or inclusion in the NIPAS
  5. Updates regional listing of Philippine flora and fauna including threatened and endemic species and recommends appropriate conservation and management system
  6. Coordinates/collaborates with concerned government agencies, non-government organizations, peoples’ organizations, academe and other concerned groups for biodiversity conservation
  7. Assesses and develops areas for ecotourism purposes
  8. Implements community-based resource management
  9. Monitors and evaluates programs, projects and activities related to protected areas management, wildlife resources conservation and cave management

1. Protected Areas Management Section

    1. Recommends policies, guidelines, plans, programs and project proposals on the establishment and management of NIPAs areas
    2. Provides technical assistance to PAMBs, LGUs, OGAs and the private sector in the management and protection of PAs
    3. Recommends sites for disestablishment and/or inclusion in the NIPAs
    4. Provides technical assistance and coordinates the implementation of special programs and projects on protected areas management

2. Caves Management Section

    1. Assesses caves prior to classification
    2. Recommends cave classification to the Regional Cave Committee (RCC)
    3. Provides technical assistance to the RCC
    4. Implements other provisions of Republic Act 9072 otherwise known as National Caves and Cave Resources Management and Protection Act

3. Biodiversity Conservation and Management Section

    1. Prepares up-to-date listing of Philippine flora and fauna including rare, endemic and endangered species and recommends a program for the conservation and propagation of the same including the management of related programs and projects
    2. Provides technical assistance and coordinates the implementation of special programs and projects on biodiversity conservation
    3. Recommends policies and guidelines on wildlife conservation and management
    4. Coordinates enforcement of regulation on wildlife trade in collaboration with local offices/agencies of national and local government units as well as private sector
    5. Coordinates the conduct of comprehensive wildlife resources assessment and inventory for policy formulation and program development
    6. Coordinates the implementation of EO 247 regarding prospecting of biological and genetic resources of the country

4. Nature Recreation and Education Section
    Conducts Information, Education and Communication (IEC) on protected areas, biodiversity conservation and ecotourism


B. COASTAL AND MARINE MANAGEMENT DIVISION

  1. Prepares action programs and implementation strategies on coastal and marine environment
  2. Supervises and monitors the progress of all coastal and marine environment programs and projects
  3. Provides technical assistance to LGUs, NGOs, and POs in program and project conceptualization/implementation including sourcing of funds and other resources
  4. Coordinates with LGUs and other concerned sectors and agencies in the creation of task forces on coastal and marine environment
  5. Provides technical assistance and maintains pool of experts for the Coastal and Marine Management Section (CMMS), LGUs, POs and other clients
  6. Assists the RED/RTD on technical matters, and in linkaging/networking with other agencies and the private sector including regional representation in inter-agency task forces and councils/committees
  7. Conducts information and education campaign
  8. Compiles and consolidates reports from CMMS before submission to the Coastal and Marine Management Office

1. Plans and Programs Section

    1. Formulates development plans for coastal and marine management
    2. Reviews standards and benchmarks related to coastal and marine environment including small islands, foreshore, Marine Protected Areas and seascapes

2. Management and Information System Section

a. Establishes and maintains database on coastal and marine environment
b. Develops and supervises an information management system for coastal and marine environment

3. Monitoring and Evaluation Section

    1. Monitors and evaluates programs and projects
    2. Documents field experiences/lessons learned and recommends best practices
    3. Monitors compliance of LGUs to the development plans

 

 

 

I. Narrative

Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Services is tasked to protect, manage, conserve and develop protected areas, wildlife, coastal and marine resources pursuant to Republic Act No. 7586

The vast natural resources of the country remain one of the major sources of revenues particularly with the increasing popularity of ecotourism activities in all of the 14 protected areas in Region 02. Ecotourism had not only created livelihood for the local residents but also promoted conservation awareness for both host communities and eco-tourists, and on the other hand, pushed for more effective protected area management.

For the year under report, there are 18 Protected Area Community-Based Resource Mgt. Agreements within the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park in the Province of Isabela with a total area of 5,951.27 hectares.

During the period, a total amount of P537,526.43 has been generated from five protected areas and the same amount was likewise deposited.

In coordination with the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) of Cagayan and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Regional Office No. 02, this office provided technical assistance to all the the where marine sanctuaries have been established.

 
Sectors - Protected Areas and Wildlife
Status of Protected Areas Establishment (as of December 2011)

Inital Components
  • Batanes Protected Landscape and Seascape
Additional Components
Proposed
 
 
 
ANNEXES