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Book lauds island conservation efforts 

 

Book lauds island conservation efforts DENR MIMAROPA

June 16, 2017, Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources - MIMAROPA Region launches today the coffee table book “Apo Reef Natural Park, the Rising Jewel of the Deep” to immortalize the grandeur of the island paradise and showcase the concerted efforts of the government and stakeholders to protect the island’s unique biodiversity.

The Apo Reef Natural Park is located 33 kilometers off the coast of Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro and covers 27, 469 hectares of diverse flora and fauna. It is also one of the 240 protected areas in the country identified in the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Act of 1992.

Unfortunately, unsustainable and illegal fishing activities damaged the island and threatened its ecosystem. In response (...read more)

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