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Why

Why

THE VISION

To become a leading marine institution for science, education, and advocacy in the Verde Island Passage (VIP), the epicenter of marine biodiversity

THE MISSION

To promote and sustain the conservation interests in the Verde Island Passage of the Philippines

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OVERALL GOAL

Conservation of marine biodiversity in the VIP through a holistic approach using science and education, while providing sustainable and economically viable alternative livelihood projects for the well-being of the local communities

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Specific Objectives

01

To create a network of citizen scientists from the local communities grounded in scientific knowledge of the VIP. This will be accomplished by utilizing both research data and local knowledge to train community partners in sustainable management and conservation of the marine area, ultimately promoting their own welfare through the benefits given to them by the VIP, such as food, shelter, and livelihood. 

02

To develop strategic educational and training programs, such as videos and manuals.

03

To increase awareness of the underlying causes of community vulnerability related to environmental degradation, such as lack of food or susceptibility to storm damage, and how to address them through effective information, education, and communication strategies across a myriad of mediums. 

04

To encourage partners such as communities, local government units, and corporations to support and adopt science and evidence-based approaches to biodiversity conservation.