Our projects

In 2016, 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.

As we measure the efficiency of our methods and the Marine Protected Area, we use photo-transect surveys and post-analysis to evaluate the state of degradation and health of the reefs. We are committed to improving the resilience of ecosystems (e.g. coral reefs) and increasing fish stock in the area.

    PIMPA  Management Plan              
Coral reefs are homes and breeding grounds to fish and other marine creatures. They cover 11.3 hectares (or 24%) of PIMPA, where an estimated 67% of the area had been degraded.

It is our priority to protect and restore them.  Some parts of the reefs had suffered damages that led to extremely low coral cover and structure loss, causing resiliency to be very low or even inexistent.

To accelerate and facilitate resiliency, we use two (2) methods of active restoration depending on the conditions of the reef (see Pavement Attachment below). In any case, we only collect and fix unstable or broken fragments, which means healthy colonies remain undisturbed and no fragments are collected from them.  


Sulu Reef Prosthesis – SRP

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.  This way, we are able to restore damaged parts of the reef while keeping healthy and stable colonies undisturbed.

We have three (3) SRP models of different sizes. We manufacture all our SRPs on Pangatalan Island by using a unique and durable steel moulder. Produced in two pieces, the SRP has steel bar supports placed on the sides and tops to facilitate the fixation of coral fragments. Assembling is then made underwater.

 Mangroves are not only home to marine life; they also prevent sediment runoff and increase shore stability.

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. They contribute to regenerating the fish population as we regularly observe juveniles from various species: parrot fish, snappers, wrasses, cardinals, and others.

To facilitate mangrove regrowth, we collect propagules around the island and plant them in suitable areas to restore. To date, 6,000 units have been planted from different species such as Rhisophora sp. and Sonneratia sp.


Before 2011, many of the island’s trees were cut down to make wood or burn charcoal. The deforestation caused soil erosions and displaced birds and insects. These animals rely on plants and trees for food, shelter, and breeding grounds.

Over the years, we have already planted 39,000 plants from 52 species. This is an ongoing effort to ensure the healthy growth of vegetation and restructuring of soil.

Our mission to conserve, protect, and restore the natural resources of Palawan means we don’t just raise awareness; we initiate and lead the change. We organise meetings and events that promote environmental awareness and sustainable change in Taytay, in Palawan, and in the Philippines.

  • Visitors:   We share our values and knowledge with all our guests, so they can understand and contribute to our mission.
  • Team members:   We work with partners and volunteers to implement our activities and spread the word in their social groups.
  • Community:   We collaborate with different groups to share and bring awareness to a wider audience (schools, diver centers, etc.).
  • Institutional support:   We work with authorities as part of the Marine Environmental Protection (MAREP) squadron and with Pangatalan Island as a Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary base.
100% Solar-Powered:   Our solar power system has a 20-kilowatt capacity that generates enough electricity for household appliances, water heaters, and equipment for our projects.  
Resource-Friendly Buildings:   Our buildings are made of concrete and traditional roof materials. Made on the island, all our wooden furniture were designed and created using recycled materials from old dismantled buildings.  
 Eco-Friendly Water System:   A gravity flow pipe supplies water to the whole island. We keep water consumption to a minimum, and waste water is treated by a septic tank before hitting the ground.
 Organic Farm:   We grow what we eat! We have a 1.2-hectare farm that gives us a fresh supply of fruits, vegetables, poultry, and livestock.