ENSURING a sustainable future
We firmly believe in engaging the public through community outreach programs to raise awareness for marine conservation. Working closely with local governments, communities, businesses and tourists we adopt an integrated approach combining research and education to protect the unique biodiversity of the Philippine seas. Active engagement and involvement with local stakeholders is crucial if we hope to provide the necessary changes to maintain and improve marine ecosystems. Throughout all our projects LAMAVE is committed to Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaigns to help in create and instil a sense of pride on local communities for their unique environment.
LAMAVE recognizes the potential of students and recent graduates in ensuring the ongoing conservation effort. We work with Philippine universities offering degrees in biology to offer mentoring and tutoring programs, as well as on-the-job (OJT) training on the ecology and conservation of large marine vertebrates.
To ensure the next generation of Filipino conservationists have the opportunity to gain valuable field experience, our research projects host at least one local scholar. Scholar placements are sponsored by the NGO to ensure every individual, no matter their background or situation, has the ability to grow without the financial constraints often associated with gaining field experience.
RESCUE TRAINING AND STRANDING NETWORKS
LAMAVE consists of a group of dedicated scientists, biologists, and volunteers that share a common passion for marine conservation and rescuing injured marine wildlife. LAMAVE currently collaborates with the Bohol Rescue Unit for Marine Wildlife (BRUMW) and the Cebu Marine Mammal Rescue Network (CEMARNET) to respond to marine animal strandings and conduct training workshops for locals.
CONSERVATION SEW MATES
“Conservation Sew Mates” was inspired by, and established with, the aim of supporting wildlife conservation efforts. As a livelihood supplement project, Sew Mates workshops were organised to teach fishermen community to make and sell the toys to tourists. Working with the founder of Conservation Sew Mates, Zerlina Leung, the first sew mates group was established in Southern Leyte alongside our whale shark research project. Today these ladies are the Sea Breeze Women's Association and create small whale sharks toy souvenirs to sell to visiting tourists.
CHAMPIONING SUSTAINABLE MARINE TOURISM IN THE PHILIPPINES
“Their Future Our Future” is a video campaign to raise awareness amongst Filipinos and international tourists on marine wildlife interaction guidelines in anticipation of the launch of new national marine wildlife interaction guidelines in the Philippines.
Spearheaded by LAMAVE it's a collaboration between Save Philippine Seas, Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines, Greenpeace PH, Geen Fins, Reef-World Foundation and Responsible Tourism Philippines to raise awareness amongst tourists about national guidelines being put in place to protect not only the marine wildlife we interact with, but also the community who’s livelihood relies on the welfare of the animal and the local environment.
Become a citizen scientist! Send us your encounters of whale sharks, manta rays or turtles in the Philippines and we can see if they are new individuals to the national database. The highlighted areas on the photographs opposite reveal the area we use for photo-identification. Whale sharks and manta rays have unique individual spot patterns while the pattern of the scutes on a turtles head are used for identification.
COMMUNITY EVENTS, SCHOOL VISITS AND WORKSHOPS
We are committed to Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaigns throughout all our projects. Examples of previous outreach programs include:
- Mural painting (So.Leyte, Bohol, Cebu)
- Beach clean ups (all sites)
- Pawikan Snorkel Club in Southern Leyte
- Guest talks at local universities.
- Co-organising the Bohol Dolphin Festival
- Reaching over TWENTY THOUSAND students through environmental education campaigns in shcools.
- Film screenings