CLSU-ICCEM conducts research on coastal biodiversity resources

The Central Luzon State University through the former Environmental Management Institute (EMI), now Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM), in its capacity as Regional Integrated Coastal Resource Management Center for Region 3 is conducting research on critical biodiversity resources including sensitive ecosystem, and designing and operating a biodiversity conservation program.

The research undertaking is in line with the Integrated Coastal Resources Management Project (ICRMP) of the DENR which has as overall objective “to enhance coastal resources management and reduce poverty among fisherfolks through the introduction of sustainable livelihood activities and resource management practices.”It will also engage itself to monitoring activities to ensure the sustainable implementation of the programs.

CLSU will also serve as a venue for holding conferences to disseminate research findings. According to Dr. Annie Melinda P. Alberto, ICCEM director, the two-year ICRM Project has three major projects for the Zambales Coast, namely: biodiversity assessment of coastal ecosystems; conservation activities; and Information, education and communication (IEC) activities.

The first project started last October. It has three sub-studies, namely: Study 1 – Biological assessment and biodiversity mapping of selected coastal ecosystems of Zambales; Study 2: Assessment of selected coastal environments of Zambales; and Study 3: Socio-economic, anthropological, and policy studies on biodiversity and coastal resource management in Zambales. The project leaders are Dr.Alberto, Dr. Armando Espino, Jr., and Prof. Oliva Parico, respectively.

Conservation activities include the identification of biodiversity sites, implementation of action plan for marine turtle conservation, and stock enhancement of commercial invertebrates and ranching of sea cucumbers.The IEC activities include the upgrading of EMI Biodiversity Museum, showcasing the coastal resources in Region 3, disseminating research results through presentation in different fora, publishing research results in scientific journals, and popularizing information for local audiences. The second and third projects will commence after the second phase of the first project.

-Gella Patria L. Abella