Advancing ecosystem-based approaches for building climate resilience, livelihoods, and food security in the Coral Triangle

Implemented by Environmental Defense Fund


In partnership with the Global EbA Fund, Environmental Defense Fund is undertaking a nearshore rehabilitation project in Cabalian Bay, an extremely climate vulnerable fishing region in the Philippines. Here, climate change, unsustainable coastal development, and overfishing have damaged nearshore and offshore ecosystems, limiting the benefits these ecosystems can provide for local communities, such as storm surge protection and fisheries habitat. These drivers have also made local fishers and fish farmers more food and income insecure. Environmental Defense Fund’s rehabilitation project will restore damaged ecosystems, create sustainable livelihoods, increase food security, and mitigate climate change impacts.  The project benefits will create a foundation for similar work throughout the Coral Triangle.

Project start date: January 2023

Duration: 22 months

Cohort: 2nd (September 2021 cutoff)

Award: US$250,000

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Project Status

Despite the initial start-up challenges we faced; we are making strong progress on this project. Our biggest advances include getting our Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed; expanding the size of the farm to increase its impact and effectiveness; planning coastal habitat assessments and methodologies with teams; forging close relationships with People’s Organisations (PO) and local and national governments to support the work.   

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