The Island Garden City of Samal Island is among the three places in the world that has been chosen as a pilot area for the implementation of the climate change adaptation project. The project aims to understand the threats caused by climate change and create and implement strategies to protect communities and natural ecosystems from the impact of climate change.
The project was dubbed as “Implementing Climate Adaptation Strategies in the World’s Most Outstanding Natural Places”. It will start this year and will run for a four-year period. On the first year of the project, the details of the management of the marine protected areas will be crafted while the next three years will be for the improvement of the existing guidelines or strategies to sustain the conservation and protection aspect of the marine ecosystem. The grant is worth €400,000 or about Php 25 million and will be utilized to make the island a model for future global strategic response to the impact of climate change.
Samal Island is located nearly a kilometer away from Davao City and has been well-known for its white sand beaches and other nature attractions. Samal Island currently has 18 marine conservation sites—the largest for any one place in the Philippines. It is also a home to different type of corals, rare species of aquarium fishes and house world’s largest colony of Geoffrey’s Rousette Fruit Bats.
The Island Garden City of Samal Government and the World Wildlife Fund or WWF have already signed a memorandum of agreement which is the basis for the commitment of the local government unit for this environmental project. The result of the study and implementation of the program will not benefit Samal Island but as well as other areas surrounding the Davao Gulf.
Aside from Samal Island, other chosen places are Madagascar and Colombia.
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