Earth Island Institute Philippines formalizes today its partnership with Pamalakaya Philippines, the largest organization and network of fisherfolk communities in the country. Together with advocates, scientists, and volunteers, we launch the Marine Mammal Responders (MMR) project.
Empowering Fisherfolk Communities
MMR aims to empower fisherfolk communities enabling them to join and lead conservation efforts of marine habitats. The project recognizes that fisherfolk communities are the best stewards of our marine resources since working for a healthy marine ecosystem translates to a bountiful and sustainable harvest.
(Above: Pamalakaya Philippines’ Deputy Secretary General Jam Pinpin, admin staff Paolo Colabres, and chapter coordinator Nieves Santos, joins Earth Island Institute PH’s advocacy team Adrian Cecilio, Mark Lui Aquino, and Karl Ramirez for the project formalization meeting.)
The project recognize that human activity is the biggest threat to the marine environment. Despite existing laws, a lot still has to be done to protect marine mammals from hunting, by-catch in nets, marine pollution, boat strikes, and degradation of their habitat via development aggression. Overfishing too, has contributed to depleted food sources for dolphins and whales.
Network of Advocates for Dolphins and Whales
MMR gathers science experts, professionals, marine mammal advocates, and most of all, fisherfolk communities who to be at forefront of protecting the marine habitat.
The project recognize that Filipinos have great responsibility in world environmental conservation since our country is at the center of world biodiversity. Genuine conservation in our country is a significant contribution to the global movement to protect marine mammals, humans and all life on the planet.
The launch of the Marine Mammal Responders is a step towards keeping dolphins and whales safe, wild, and free.