• Pilot Project

    Abra de Ilog, Occidental Mindoro, Philippines

    Where is it?

    Abra de llog

    The pilot site is located near Abra de Ilog on the Verde Island Passage. This remote area of Mindoro island harbours an extremely rich marine and terrestrial biodiversity.


    It is an ideal site to conduct a pilot model in order to test an integrated approach around an established Marine Protected Area and sustainable farming practices.

    The Philippines are among the countries first in line to face the consequences of climate change. This creates a direct threat to one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Abra de Ilog stands out as one of the most pristine areas thanks to its remoteness.

    However, a major road is under construction to connect Abra de Ilog to the Eastern part of the island. At this juncture, we believe it is critical to minimize the impact on the terrestrial and marine ecosystems and help the communities manage their resources.

    Finally, Mindoro is remarkable for the presence of a large indigenous population called Mangyans and the lack of road infrastructure.

    What is our goal?

    To create a powerful human resources support network

    Ecotone Resilience core team brings together marine biologists, ecology scientists, sustainable farming , development and finance experts. The team is working closely with the University of the Philippines, with the support of the Municipality of Abra de Ilog as well as local communities in Sigman, Udalo, Bugtong and all the other stakeholders.

      By structuring a collaborative and productive human architecture between local, national and international stakeholders, from planning, to execution, to profit sharing, Ecotone Resilience aims at securing the long term wellbeing of the local communities, Mangyans Iraya and Tagalogs, by elaborating with them a set of practices to assess, restore and manage the health and productivity of local resources.

      • Creating an MPA and implement sustainable fishing practices methodology to foster a strong rebound of marine biology balance and fast replenishment of fish stocks.
      • Implementing adapted sustainable farming and agro-forestry practices of the coastal lands and mountain slopes areas aiming at soil and land biology restoration; diversifying organic food production. 
      • Protecting and improving livelihood of local communities focusing on job creation, local production distribution, health and nutrition. 

      Foster independence

      Create local business networks to generate opportunities:

        • Create a local economy by identifying and optimizing high-return products, by building  sustainable distribution chains with local partners first and international partners afterwards, by developing a fair trade scheme.
        • Develop traditional craftsman skills and products
        • Expand ecotourism opportunities.

        Our local skills and human resources improvements lie in :

        • Community political empowerment : CBO, cooperative, NGO 
        • Income generating activities for locals
        • Land rights / Access 
        • Food security / Nutrition and health 
        • Access to education and technology 
        • Water and waste management / Clean energy
        • Climate change emergency response
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