Whether it’s mandated by law, or driven by age-old customs or personal resolve, it always pays to protect the environment and preserve it in the best possible way we could.
These four protected areas in the Philippines show us that the results are often beneficial to us, inhabitants of this world, when conservation plans are consciously, collectively, and respectfully put into practice.
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
SAGADA, MT. PROVINCE
Its indigenous caretaker, the Calamian Tagbanua, was granted autonomous right to the island, including the 16,958 hectares for the ancestral waters around its coast. More about Tagbanua tribe here.
Aside from they are protected areas, they are all a natural wonder.
Below are other things that can be expected from these protected and community conserved areas in the country.
2. SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
3. CLEAN AND MAINTAINED
“There is poverty, but there’s hardly a sign of filth in inhabited areas. Their houses are spaciously set in their land and there’s no sign of alcoholism – characteristics that are common to other fishing villages in the country.”
4. NATIONAL PRIDE
5. CULTURAL PRIDE
Sagada is valued not only for its stunning sites, but also for its culture, hospitality and high regard for customary practices. Sagadans won’t wear a tribal costume for a photo memento in exchange of money.
Part 2 of this blog will be about the conservation approach each of these four protected areas use and apply to make its conservation efforts successful.
[Photos: Travel Buddies Ely, Gin, Avi]