Living in the Philippines, we are blessed to be surrounded by rich biodiversity of landscape and seascape. We are located in the Coral Triangle, together with the waters of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and Solomon Islands! The Coral Triangle is home to an incredible number of coral and fish species, six out of seven world’s marine turtles, and supports over 120 million people living in the Coral Triangle.
Coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove forests are among the most bio-diverse marine ecosystems on the planet. Coral reefs alone support one quarter of all marine species while covering only a mere 0.1 per cent of the ocean. These marine ecosystems sustain human society through a range of many ecosystem services: from livelihoods and food security to revenue from tourism and protection from extreme weather events. Sadly, despite their importance, they are rapidly degrading.
With the intense overfishing and climate impacts, our home continues to be be threatened. Even with the Republic Act 9512, ocean education is lacking in our educational system. Ocean literacy is not only important to learn and understand, but to help us work together to reduce the impacts and damage we’ve caused. In turn, nature will give back to us!
Let’s spread the word and make waves through story telling.