The year 2015 promised to be an optimistic year for CCEF. With the Non-US Organization Pre-Award Survey (NUPAS) assessment’s passing hot on its heels, CCEF implemented the GIZ-PAME project for Siquijor, Rare Philippines for Alumni sites in the Visayas, and Saving Philippine Reefs, the foundation’s longest running volunteer program, in the province of Camiguin. New commitments were generated, older ones renewed under the Board of Trustee’s Challenge Grant; newer support awarded by UNICO Conservation Foundation for the protection and improved management of marine ecosystems, particularly the resilient reefs in typhoon-ravaged Siquijor and rehabilitated mangrove areas in Liloan, expanding its reach through constituency building and policy advocacy, and the enhancement of CCEF’s internal database systems. Partnerships were re-established with representatives from the business sector, schools, local governments and communities under Special Projects such as the Mangrove Rehabilitation, Coastal Clean-up and the Shark Fund.
CCEF will continue to give focus on cutting-edge science in the rehabilitation of coastal and marine habitats to promote biodiversity conservation, enhance fish recovery, alleviate poverty, empower communities and increase resiliency from an ecological and disaster prevention perspective. Together, let us make a sustained effort to help save our coasts!