Since its creation in 2011, Sulubaaï has gradually developed increasingly extensive and community-based actions for the restoration of ecosystems. Pangatalan Island has been and remains the pilot site for the actions of the foundation which are intended to extend to the whole bay and to be replicated in other sites in collaboration with the communities.
Pangatalan: sustainable island
Sulu-Reef-Prosthesis: Restoration of coral reefs
Sea Academy: for sustainable management of marine resources
a sustainable island
When we arrived, Pangatalan was a devastated island, the vegetation had been cut down for wood and the mangroves for making coal. We transformed this deserted island into a model of sustainable development where eco-tourism could contribute to environmental restoration. Our team was entirely composed of workers from the surrounding villages. Our goal was to develop a sustainable model that would be integrated into local communities.
for coral reef restoration
Creation of the Marine Protected Area
Creation of the Sulu-Reef-Prosthesis, an artificial reef design
We carried out a marine ecosystems diagnosis with the help of marine biologists. The findings, which were relevant to the entire bay, confirmed that the coral reefs were heavily impacted by destructive activities such as dynamite fishing. We developed a restoration technique adapted to this environmental context, which respects biodiversity, is easy to set up, very inexpensive and can be replicated. We carry out regular monitoring to assess the efficiency of our coral restoration method, results are meant to be published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
for sustainable management of marine resources with local communities
Creation of marine protected areas with local communities
Restoration of ecosystems
As Pangatalan has become a model of sustainable development and ecosystem restoration, we wanted to extend our measures to the entire bay. The local communities that we had been interacting with for years wanted to collaborate with us, convinced by our successful results. The Sea Academy programme was created with local communities and our international partners. It consists in creating a network of marine protected areas managed in collaboration with local communities and is based on four principles: Protection, Restoration, Education and Replication. The results will be published in scientific publications, network communications, and international news reports.