Gov’t pushing for ecotourism in coastal areas


MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) – The government is pushing for ecotourism in coastal areas as a potential «win-win strategy» for sustainable development of the country’s rich marine resources and the millions of people who rely on them for food and livelihood, a senior government official said today.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon Paje said the concept of ecotourism takes advantage of the abundant natural and human resources the Philippines is endowed with.

The coastal ecotourism is the most sustainable approach to management of marine resources since it is «nature-based and non- extractive,» he said.

«It brings together many key players in advocating for a type of tourism that protects marine biodiversity, thereby sustaining the protein requirement of Filipinos supplied by the seas, and providing sustainable livelihood to a marginalized sector of the population,» Paje explained.

The environment chief cited the government’s Integrated Coastal Resources Management Program (ICRMP), which promotes sustainable management of coastal resources using a «ridge-to-reef» or upland to lowland approach and creates income and livelihood opportunities to fisherfolk.

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