ICRAF; Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau; Department of Natural Resources and Environment; Apu Agbiblin Community; Green Mindanao; Central Mindanao University; SHAISI; Lantapan Municipal Government (Philippines)
Dennis P. Garrity; NECI
Protected areas are in crisis throughout the developing world. Communities near protected ecosystems frequently bear substantial costs as a consequence of their proximity to these areas, yet often gain little in return. Local residents are usually poor, and often see encroachment as a means to rectify this. It is now widely accepted that the successful management of protected areas critically depends on the cooperation and support of local people. The key unresolved questions are how to successfully
integrate approaches to conservation and development and how can the biodiversity be maximized under the jurisdictional conditions and the social and economic realities?
1. Develop and test the elements of a practical social contract for successful buffer zone management at the Katanglad National Park. 2. Develop improved agroforestry systems to enhance agrodiversity and livelihood in the Katanglad National Park buffer zone. 3. Characterize, regenerate, and expand the natural biodiversity of the national park and buffer zone, and incorporate this information into a realistic natural resource management system for the upper watershed.