PROPELLING TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE ECOTOURISM. Marine Protected Area (MPA) managers in Luzon meet today in Sta. Ana, Cagayan for a five-day capacity building to strengthen coastal and marine management geared towards sustainable ecotourism.
"It is very timely that we learn about improving our ecotourism industry, especially that we are helping our communities move towards economic recovery," said Assistant Regional Director Marcos Dacanay of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region2 during the opening program.
Forester Enrique Pasion, In-charge of the PENR Office of Cagayan, emphasized that ecotourism industry is a sustainable business since it provides numerous benefits to communities and stakeholders without sacrificing the environment and natural resources.
“We are boosting ecotourism for it is a non-extractive industry without great impacts against the environment," he added.
Hosted by Region 2, the National Integrated Protected Areas System - MPA capacity building is being attended by implementers of the coastal and marine ecosystems management program in locos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, National Capital Region, and CALABARZON.
In the discussion, the topics of Biodiversity Management Bureau, and national and cluster mentors include sustainable ecotourism concepts and assessment, managing and monitoring visitor's impacts, working with tourism industry, and tourism-based education, and outreach and certification standards.#