CCEF strongly advocates for the establishment of Marine Protected Areas. The foundation has been directly involved in setting up hundreds of MPAs nationwide. Shown here, CCEF staff are installing buoys which will clearly mark the MPA's boundary to the public.

Organizations partner with CCEF when they want to do something good for the environment. In one of the events of the One Million Mangroves for Cebu Project, CCEF and Rotary International held this reforestation activity with club members, students, and town officials.

Saving Philippine Reefs is CCEF's oldest continuously running project. From the 1980s to the present, data gathered by SPR from various reef areas in the Philippines have been used in managing these very important coastal habitats. In the picture, CCEF staff prepare for the day's first dive.

Schools of jacks are a common sight in well-managed MPAs. The jack, which is an important food fish, is shown conspicuously in CCEF's logo because it symbolizes the bottomline of coastal resource management - food security for millions of Filipinos. These jacks are from Tubbataha Reef Natural Park, a good example of an MPA within pristine and well-managed reefs.

Our projects are based on scientific approaches that seek to improve and restore in measurable terms, the conditions of coastal habitats and the economically-important resources they contain. The fish shown above is tagged and released as part of a study to find out the range and behavior of reef fish in their natural habitat.

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CCEF is a non-stock, non-profit organization serving a leadership role in managing Philippine coastal habitats. Our work has shown many times that sustainable use of marine resources is possible when local governments and communities are actively involved in managing them.

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Where we work

CCEF works in the Philippines which is one of the six member-countries of the Coral Triangle Initiative. The Coral Triangle has been identified as the region with the highest biodiversity in marine life globally. Being wholly inside the Coral Triangle, Phillipine marine habitats possess a lot of endemic species, some known only recently, while many are still waiting to be discovered. CCEF has several project sites in partnership with local governments in the Philippines.

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Helping us achieve improved management of our coastal resources can be done in many ways.

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Learn about the coastal environment, all the amazing things that are found there, and the issues in Coastal Resource Management.

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