The Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM, CLSU) in partnership with President Ramon Magsaysay State University (PRMSU) has completed a 2-Year (2018- 2020) P15M-research grant for the program titled, “Coastal Resource Management integrating Coastal Resource Assessment and Valuation, Carrying Capacity, Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Province of Zambales: A Systems Approach (CRMinC3DZ)” funded by the Commission on Higher Education Discovery-Applied Research and Extension for Trans/ Inter-disciplinary Opportunities (CHED DARE-TO) K-12 Transition Program. The program was led by Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto. Moreover, the program was composed of five projects also led by Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto (Projects 1 and 5), Engr. Eliza Camaso (Project 2), Ms. Roann Alberto-Lao (Project 3), and Dr. Gella Patria Abella (Project 4).
This program aimed to develop a decision support-system for the provincial government of Zambales as a basis for coastal resource management. The significant contributions of the program mainly were the establishment of physical, social and economic profiles of the province, assessment of the resources of mangrove, coral reef and seagrass ecosystems, evaluation of carrying capacity of the province in terms of tourists, provided economic valuation of use and non-use values of various ecosystems, disaster risk including hazard and vulnerability assessments, assessment of the existing and proposed climate change adaptation strategies for coastal communities, introduction and development of livelihood opportunities which were climate smart technologies from indigenous and local materials, and also the identification of an optimal land and water use allocation, considering several development goals set by the stakeholders. Lastly, the program promoted and disseminated research results, coastal resource management, biodiversity conservation, green technology, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction management thru disaster communication, IEC and capability building of coastal communities.
The partners and beneficiaries of the program included the four (4) local government units (LGUs) of Palauig, Masinloc, Candelaria and Sta. Cruz, Zambales, 42 coastal barangays, DENR, PAMB, BFAR, fisherfolks, youth organizations, women organizations, senior citizens, indigenous people, farmers and other local communities.