Marine Protected Area establishment and assessment

Project name:

Coral Cay Conservation

Project purpose:

Since 2008 CCC has worked at the invitation of the Southern Leyte Government, Philippines, to assist local communities in the sustainable management of their marine resources. This is achieved through three components; data collection, capacity building and education.

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

  • scuba diving

  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

445

Marine

Philippines

South-East Asia

Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • gain a qualification and/or credits

  • remote scenic location

  • undertake your own research

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy

  • development goals (supporting local community)

  • helped to establish the first large scale Marine Protected Area in Cambodia

  • established 11 Marine Protected Areas in the Southern Leyte region.
  • publishes work

Accommodation:

Shared, single-sex, dormitories

When does the project run?

All year, although the project does close for 2-3 weeks over Christmas.

Facilities:

accommodation included, food included, toilet (bucket flush), outdoor shower (cold), wifi is available from a dongle to purchase but sim cards are recommended, nearby medical facilities, local shops

How long can I stay?

Minimum 2 weeks to 1 year

Requirements:

  • Must be 18 + (unless joining as part of a school group)

  • Must be medical cleared to dive.

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

Volunteers do not need to have any prior academic or diving experience as all training is given on site. Volunteers are taken through a training programme including dive training (if needed), species ID, surveying methodologies and First Aid. The expedition base is meters from Napantao marine reserve, one of the best reefs for diving in Southern Leyte.

 

The focus of the survey teams (composed of staff, volunteers and local scholars) is analysing whether the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that CCC have assisted in establishing in past years are working. This is a vital step in ensuring that the MPAs are working as they should. If they are, great, if not CCC work with the community to remedy this. Your time is split in a few ways:


Data Collection - CCC survey teams, composed of international volunteers, staff and Filipino scholars, have to date (2019) helped to establish 11 Marine Protected Areas in the Southern Leyte region. Now, in phase 3, teams are assessing whether the MPAs are working as they should, a critical stage in ensuring the success of an MPA.


Capacity Building - Filipinos are incredibly passionate about MPAs, the local communities that CCC works with are only lacking the expertise to make their dreams a reality. As such, CCC's hope is to train enough local Filipinos to essentially make themselves redundant. CCC achieves this through their Scholarship Programme, offering free 4 week placements to local Filipinos to allow them to gain the skills needed to manage their own resources.


Education - CCC staff and volunteers provide education opportunities to school pupils and local community members through education schemes and community days to bring awareness and instill an interest for the environment.


The minimum volunteering duration is 2 weeks. The weekly expenditure for this project is calculated with a 4 week volunteering placement. The cost goes up in increments until week 5 and is then a set £200 (approx. US$250) per week.

Expedition fees are charged in GBP so please use the below as a guide only, costs are subject to exchange fluctuations.

2 weeks - US$1,210
4 weeks - US$2,220
6 weeks - US$2,830
12 weeks - US$4,325

The expedition fee includes:#

  • Field accommodation
  • Food
  • BCDs & regulator hire
  • Tanks
  • Weights & weight belts
  • Reef Check training and certification
  • First Aid training and certification
  • Expedition & research training & surveying
  • Community work
  • Contribution to the scholarship programme
  • Field staff supervision 
  • Administration costs


CCC runs on a weekly 6 day working schedule, with Sundays as the rest day (this does depend on how far along volunteers are with ID and training).

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Reviews & ratings

Matt Megill

The previous review I accidentally submitted before I was done. And I want to write the FULL REVIEW:

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His fiery passion for the ocean is contagious. He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

This will not be the last Innoexpedition I go on. And I will keep supporting Innoceana and promoting all the work it is doing.

Volunteer

Wasn't finished...

Matt Megill

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His firey He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally kind of advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

Volunteer

An Experience of a Lifetime