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Board of Trustees

In response to the deterioration of coastal resources in the Philippines, the Coastal Conservation and Education Foundation was formed by a group of concerned and talented individuals to address some critical marine conservation needs of the country.


Alan White


A world renown scientist and a pioneer of coastal resource management in the Philippines. He is currently the Chief of Party of the Sustainable Ecosystems Advanced (SEA) Project in Jakarta, Indonesia, supported by USAID. He received his Masters in Management from the School for International Training in Vermont and his doctorate in Geography from the University of Hawaii, U.S.A. He specializes in research and coastal resource management.

Willian Jatulan

Vice President

He is currently the Senior Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Coordinator for Pacific-American Climate Fund (PACAM). He specializes on training and organizational development.

Rina Maria Rosales

Research, Economic & Business Adviser

Senior Resource Economics Specialist, (USAID), Bachelor of Science in Business Economics Dean’s List, Candidate for Masters Degree in Economics. She was a mentor at the Conservation International-Phil. and adviser of the Worldwide Fund. Her expertise lies in environmental economics, protected area management and rural/ agricultural development.

May Elizabeth Ybañez


She is the Executive Director of the prestigious and multi-awarded Cebu Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc (CCCI). She is a trustee of the Coastal Conservation Education Foundation and former President of the Cebu Biodiversity Conservation Foundation and the St. Theresa’s Alumnae Board. She has hands-on experience in organizing and mobilizing the various TVET Clusters of various industries i.e. tourism, construction and food manufacturing in partnership with the AFOS Foundation for Entrepreneurial Development.

Patrick Christie

Coastal Resource Management Advisor

Dr. Patrick Christie is a professor at the School of Marine Affairs in the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. Dr. Christie received his Masters in Conservation Biology and his Doctorate in Natural Resources and Environment in the University of Michigan, U.S.A. Dr. Christie’s current research projects consider the human dimensions of marine protected area networks, tribal perspectives on the state of Puget Sound, and the feasibility of marine ecosystem-based management in tropical contexts. He was recently selected as a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation. He has led various comparative, socio-ecological research projects in the Philippines and Indonesia on the practice of marine resource management.

Alan Roland Thomas

Institutional Development Advisor

Alan Thomas is the Director off UNICO Conservation Foundation and currently the C.E.O. of BlueQ- digitizing qualification for organizations and individuals. He mentors and consults with software businesses to help them navigate the strategic, operational and financial challenges they face as they grow. He has over 30 years of experience in the software industry leading businesses in the US and Australia including public, private and not for profit board positions

Marlito Nolledo Guidote

Marketing Adviser

Marlito’s involvements have included being a Coastal Law Enforcement Specialist of the Coastal Resource Management Project (USAID) in 2005, Policy and Enforcement Advisor under the Fisheries Improved for Sustainable Harvest Project (USAID) in 2010 and presently, being the Deputy Chief of Party for the Fisheries Improved for Sustainable Harvest Project (USAID). He is a consultant focusing on governance, law enforcement and communication.

Evangeline Eban-White


She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce with a major in Banking and Finance at Saint Paul College of Manila, Philippines. She also has units in Business Administration and Accounting at the Rhode Island State Business School, U.S.A. She has been managing the Saving Philippine Reefs Research Expeditions annually since 1992 through the support of Earthwatch Expeditions and expedition volunteers.

The Coastal Conservation and Education Foundation (CCEF), founded in 1998, helps conserve coastal and marine resources for the benefit of coastal residents and encourages all coastal stakeholders to become good stewards of the marine life and coastal ecosystems they depend on. In our 25 years, we have undertaken and supported hundreds of projects to make this vision a reality by working with many partners to address a variety of challenges. Our partners range from municipal governments, fishing communities and NGOs to national agencies, academic institutions and donors. Our mission is clearly aimed to Sustain Coasts through Involved Communities.

CCEF works in an adaptive manner so that it can achieve positive outcomes and build resilience in response to current needs. In recent years CCEF has responded quickly to mitigate major typhoon damage to reefs and coastal communities by assessing the damage and assisting with plans for restoration of coastal habitats and ecosystems as well as guiding the human aspects of recovery. Because CCEF, in all projects, works directly with communities to support their marine conservation, waste management, tourism and livelihood development, it is really building community and environmental resilience in a variety of forms.

The longer-term vision of CCEF is that more and more area come under effective management so that benefits from coral reef, mangrove, seagrass and associated coastal ecosystems can be maximized to the benefit of fisheries, tourism and other direct products they provide to people living in the area. Having effective marine protected areas and well designed and implemented integrated coastal management plans is key to the success of CCEF and its partners.

While the projects of CCEF are described in our website, I want to highlight the ability of CCEF to work across multiple dimensions as required by the ecosystem-based management in Danajon Bank off northern Bohol. The Danajon Bank double barrier reef is too large and diverse to be managed by any one agency or single group of stakeholders. And so it is that thanks to the coordinating work of CCEF and others, the various towns are attending to the environmental management of this large and valuable resource area.

Significantly, they are proceeding to protect their local food security through the collective conservation and management of their marine areas. CCEF has been able to refine this approach after working with clusters of municipalities in southern Cebu to achieve collaborative fisheries and marine protected areas management that is essential to address the larger issues of coastal law enforcement, mobile illegal fishers and oceanographic variability. Such cooperative undertakings focus on activities that jointly address the common resource threats among the municipal jurisdictions, such as degradation of key habitats, overfishing, and dwindling fish stocks.

I cannot speak highly enough of the energy, creativity, and hard-working ethic of the CCEF Staff. We realize that nothing would be possible without dedicated staff working under the direction of our experienced Executive Director, Ms. Evelyn Deguit. Indeed, the CCEF team is committed and can respond to the issues of the day while maintaining a solid focus on our long-term goals.

alan white
President, CCEF

As the Interim Executive Director of CCEF, I would like to take a moment to thank the Board of Trustees of which I was a former member for the trust and confidence bestowed on me to lead this organization. CCEF is composed of dedicated staff with diverse skills and strong technical capacities for implementing coastal and marine conservation interventions through active engagement of communities and other stakeholders.

Founded in 1998, CCEF is a recognized leader in coastal resource management (CRM), working on the ground in partnership with the local governments, national agencies and the local communities. The past few years were full of challenges with the pandemic slowing down field interventions and Typhoon Odette causing destruction not only to coastal habitats but to the livelihoods of coastal communities. These challenges opened opportunities for communities and other stakeholders to join hands in rebuilding what have been destroyed showing resiliency in the midst to these challenges. For this year, funding institutions such as the German supported KFW through the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), USAID through the Gerry Roxas Foundation and the UNICO Foundation have partnered with CCEF to implement CRM and strengthen governance mechanisms in Siquijor, the Danajon Bank Area in Bohol and the Southern Cebu Cluster municipalities. We have also established partnerships with business companies such as Booth and Partners, Fullscale Gigabooks, and Select Voice Com (SVC) to implement their corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities in the areas of marine conservation and education. Moving forward, we are looking towards more strengthened partnerships highlighting the important role of communities in sustaining these activities and addressing livelihood needs.

Indeed, these are exciting times for CCEF. We are looking forward to more collaboration and partnerships and expand our reach so that the management of our coastal habitats and resources is not only the concern of a few and but the responsibility of everybody. This is the vision that we in CCEF wish to share to all and collaborate with those willing to join us in our efforts!

Interim Executive Director, CCEF

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