Issue 1 on Designing a Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) Project in Taytay, Palawan: Establishing the Benchmark
This is the the first Experience Note under the Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) subproject of CTI-SEA. Abstract: Palawan is one of the main tourist attractions in the Philippines due to its pristine condition. However, the municipality of Taytay in Palawan has not fully explored its tourism potential compared to the neighboring municipalities of Coron and El Nido. The Coastal and Marine Resources Management in the Coral Triangle â Southeast Asia (CTI-SEA) project aims to pilot-test a PES scheme as a financing strategy to fund the sustainable management of marine protected areas (MPAs) in Taytay. Stakeholders identified tourism as the focus of PES. The effective implementation of a PES system can generate funds for the local government and other stakeholders to use to sustainably manage their coastal resources and ensure the much needed ecosystem services. As the first step in PES implementation, a comprehensive benchmarking study was carried out under CTI-SEA, which generated information on the current physical, ecological, and socioeconomic features of the municipality of Taytay. This experience note, the first in a series, describes the methodology used in, and the importance of, the conduct of the benchmarking study. It will serve as the foundation for a solid PES framework for Taytay and ensure the sustainability of its ecotourism services.
01 Jan 2016 by lmcaballero