Save the Dugong: A Celebration of Life on Earth Day

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BUSUANGA, PALAWAN. On 22 April 2014, C3 Philippines joined the celebration of Earth Day and simultaneously celebrated the 12th founding anniversary of Community Centred Conservation (C3). Inaugurated in Palau on April 22, 2002 by a British scientist and two Palauans, C3 was formed to create a new paradigm in conservation work by bridging the gaps between scientist and local communities’ knowledge and build trust as effective partners.

C3 Philippines organized local volunteers and joined efforts to mobilize communities and other partners in the municipality to send one message—“Save Our Seas… Save Our Dugong” for the conservation and protection of their precious Dugong dugon (locally known as Duyong). The C3 team and volunteers went around the island barangays including different official offices and raised awareness through distribution of posters and other information materials highlighting the importance of Duyong in their daily lives and as proud Busuangenos, stewards of duyong.

Through partnership and collaboration, C3 and local communities of Busuanga hope that the Local Government and other concerned agencies will consider inclusive and integrated planning based on good science and empowered people to effectively implement long terms plans through a sustainable environmental management approach.

C3 Philippines recently held a Dugong workshop where our initial dugong survey results from the field surveys were shared to the communities and local leaders of Busuanga.