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April 2019

The project of the Academy of the Sea will be set up. It will bring real solutions, involving local populations of all ages to reverse the trend of over-exploitation of resources. It will also go to revive the economic activity of Shark fin Bay on the island of Palawan in the Philippines. The Academy of the Sea’s mission is to educate, teach and train through observation and action. We will give priority to the new generation who will discover and understand underwater life through a platform on stilts. We will accompany the teaching of de degree students interested in the sea trades through two partnerships with  WPU (Western Palawan University) and PSU (Palawan State University). When to the senior training to these new jobs of the sea, will allow the creation of durable jobs and the reinforcement of the social in the villages. With this project, the research will also be able to make a big step forward in the analysis of self-sustaining and sustainable fisheries for isolated populations. Our financial and technical partner is the Veolia Foundation, Ecocean, Seastem.

October 2019

The Race for Water Foundation is an organization consecrate to the preservation of water. Race for water propose innovative solutions to transform plastic waste into energy, accelerate the transition to clean energy, contribute to scientific studies and raise public awareness of the urgent need to preserve the oceans. They will travel to many destinations (such as Fiji, New Caledonia, Bali, Singapore and many others) to finally be welcomed to Palawan and work with Sulubaaï Environmental Foundation in October 2019. Called Project PHILEAS, this expedition will assess the pollution by plastics in the South China Sea (Philippines), recognized as one of the most polluted in the world. She will depart from Palawan through Ulugan Bay to Manila. There are two main objectives for the PHILEAS project. First, the chemical composition of plastics will be analyzed on microplastics, small microplastics and nanoplastics. Then they will study the colonization of plastic debris by marine microorganisms using microscopy and height sequencing.

December 2018

The foundation will receive the first international label of SMILO – “Small Island Organization”. The SMILO international program objective is to support islands of less than 150 km² who want to structure and federate measures to better manage resources and biodiversity.

April 2018 

Thomas Pavy speaks at the Singapore Oceans Conservation Conference: ADEX.

May 2018

We celebrate the construction of new water tank for local village, Depla. This tank will allow to 300 inhabitants to have potable water directly to their house.

February 2018

TARA, a scientific research ship that sails across the globe came to Palawan on our island Pangatalan from January 29 to February 7, 2018. Their mission, to study thoroughly and innovatively the evolution of coral reefs in response to climate change and the pressure of human activities. The fruits of this expedition will provide new data to the scientific community. The information gathered can also help shape political and business decisions in addressing the world’s environmental problems.

April mission 2018

Ecocean for post-larvae studies, L. Ballesta movie of horseshoe crab, Andromede 3D photogrammetry of coral reefs, and Chorus for recordings of the sounds of the oceans.

August 20, 2017

Like coral reefs that need to be restored, we also aim to protect Palawan’s endangered giant clams. 1.2 hectares of Pangatalan Island’s marine protected area are devoted to this – giant clam gardening and coral restoration. August 20, 2017, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CTI-SEA (Coral Triangle Initiative-Southeast Asia), a regional project funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Global Environment Facility. Together with CTI-SEA, Sulubaaï Environmental Foundation (SEF) will co-manage the project, with the support of the local government and fishermen of Taytay.

July 27, 2017

We officially launch our project and Coral Restoration Method with the help of our two devoted ambassadors, Guillaume Néry (Freediving World Champion) and Odessa Bugarin (Freediver, Mermaid and active conservationist).The event took place on Pangatalan Island with the collaboration of the Municipality of Taytay, Freediving Planet, the Department of Tourism and Studio H2O. We developed and Designed our SRP Method (SuluReef Prosthesis) in order to fit our needs for the coral reefs restoration in the area.

May 2017

We participated to the worldwide festival Celebrate Islands. It aims to act for ecosystems conservation and life quality improvement for every people living on islands around the world.In this occasion Sulubaaï Foundation decided to organize 3 Coastal Clean Up in Depla, Silanga and Sandoval. With the help of the inhabitants and local politics we removed from the shore approximately 2 500 kg of garbage. We were really impressed by the number of inhabitants that joined the move and really glad to see all the kids participating actively. We would like to thanks every participants.

The Pangatalan Island Marine Protected Area (PIMPA) was created and implemented. Today, there are 12 ecosystems in the area, a highly diversified environment. The Marine Protected Area is defined as a “No-Take Zone”, an area where no form of extractive activity such as fishing, hunting, logging, mining, and drilling is allowed.

The Sulubaaï Environmental Foundation (SEF) designed and engineered the SRP modules in 2016. These are durable modules made of reinforced concrete that aid in natural reefs resiliency and coral regrowth.The SRP modules serve as structural prostheses on coral reefs, where mortality is high and structural strength was lost. We only focus on broken or unstable reef colonies, and help these regrow by attaching them to the SRP.

When we first took over the island, we found some areas in a deplorable state with 33% (or 0.85% of 2.5% hectares) of the mangroves within PIMPA depleted. Today, our mangroves on Pangatalan Island are diversified with 12 species of plants. Mangroves are not only home to marine life; they also prevent sediment runoff and increase shore stability.