Agusan Marsh Sanctuary

Region

Asia

Country

Philippines

Flyway

East Asian - Australasian flyway

Initiative

WLI Asia

About

The overall aims of this centre are to effectively utilize research results in attaining the goals of sustainable development in agriculture, forestry and natural resources.

Number of staff: 8

Overall aims of the centre

To effectively utilize research results in attaining the goals of sustainable development in agriculture, forestry and natural resources.

Work Areas

Main CEPA work areas

Agusan Marsh Biodiversity Lecture Series; Climate Change Symposium on Aug 2010; Conduct of the 1stAgusan Marsh Conference in 2007.

Top three successes

The conduct of the 1st Agusan Marsh Conference in 2007 ignited the interest of researchers and the local government units where the Agusan Marsh is located to conserve the Agusan Marsh.

The conference likewise opened new areas for research that brought researchers from different universities in the Philippines to collaborate in a holistic R&D program in support to the cause of conserving the Agusan Marsh. This also lured students to conduct their thesis (in various disciplines) in support to the Agusan Marsh conservation.

Top three challenges

For now, funding is an issue thus many of the activities are still pending. As to the CEPA, various local organizations are pooling resources to promote awareness in conserving the Agusan Marsh and informing the locals on the value of the marsh especially during this time of Climate Change.

Another issue is on the conflicting land uses in the Agusan Marsh particularly in the buffer zone which could greatly affect the declared Protected Area.

The buffer zone is utilized for the production of rice and other agricultural crops. What is becoming popular now in the area is the proliferation of oil palm plantation and tree plantation using Falcata (Paraserianthes falcataria).

Expertise

Interpretation techniques

Using audio visual tools; producing written materials.

Visitor centres

Creating / managing habitat

Participation

Engaging young people; engaging the local community.

Education and communication

Delivering adult education; developing resources / materials.

General

Fund raising; project planning.

Contact

Website address: www.carsu.edu.ph

Dr. Rowena P. Varelao
Caraga State University
Ampayon, Butuan City 8600 Philippines
email: rowenavarela@yahoo.com
Tel: 63-85-3421079 or 63-85-3413729