Mindanao Island has rich natural resources, but its environment has been deteriorated by recent rapid development. For instance, almost half of the forest in Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape- Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (MMPL-SBPS) watershed area (230,000 has.) was lost, and sewage water from General Santos City (340,000 population in 1996, average rate of increase was 6.7% annually between 1993 and 1998) has generated a negative impact on the environment of the Sarangani Bay. And, coastal environment and fishery resources in Mainit - Balasiao River Watershed- Malalag Bay Area (MBRW-MBA) watershed area (6500 has.) have been also deteriorated by loss of forest and unsustainable fishery. In these situations, some methods to prevent deterioration of natural resources, and promote sustainable development should have been taken.
Therefore, the Philippine government formulated a model project for promoting comprehensive environmental conservation in these areas, and tried to apply the lessons of the project to similar projects in other areas of Mindanao and the Philippines, as a whole. In addition, the target area was a part of SZOPAD (Special Zone for Peace and Development), and the project is considered important to consolidate peace in Mindanao.
|Source Institution||Japan International Cooperation Agency|
|Place of Publication||Metro Manila|
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