By Reje Clark R. Zerna and Joannah Jane R. Sy
Cebu City — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is implementing a program to comprehensively manage, address, and reduce the threat of degradation of coastal and marine ecosystems.
The Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program (CMEMP) constitutes previous efforts of DENR in managing the coastal and marine environment.
Among the program were the Coastal Resources Management Project (CRMP) implemented from 1996 to 2004, the Integrated Coastal Resources Management Project (ICRMP) from 2007 to 2015, and the Sustainable Coral Reef Ecosystems Management Program (SCREMP) undertaken from 2013 to 2015.
CMEMP seeks to boost its ability to provide ecological goods and services to the coastal population, particularly ensuring food security, climate change resiliency and disaster risk reduction for the benefit of present and future generations.
Of all the programs on coastal and marine ecosystems management implemented by DENR, CMEMP is the first to be bankrolled by the government with P42 million per region per annum, which will be used to build and strengthen networks on Marine Protected Areas (MPA, development of Biodiversity-friendly and Social Enterprise, capacity building of the personnels, technical assistance, knowledge management, social marketing and mobilization, and lastly for monitoring and evaluation of the scope and coverage of CMEMP.
CMEMP also conducts Knowledge, Attitude and Practices (KAP) survey which is a quantitative method that reveals misconceptions or misunderstandings that may represent obstacles to the implementation of CMEMP and potential barriers to behavior change.