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Formulating an Early Stakeholder Involvement Plan for Marine Protected Areas (MPA) in Catanduanes Island, Philippines

Jimmy Masagca 1 ,Minerva Morales 2 ,Aurora Araojo 3 ,Sonia Sapico 1 ,Estrella Tribiana 1 ,Meda Mercado 1

1 Catanduanes State University, Natural Science Department, College of Arts & Sciences, Virac 4800, Catanduanes, Philippines
2 Catanduanes State University, Office of the University President, Virac 4800, Catanduanes, Philippines
3 Catanduanes State University, Social Science Department, College of Arts & Sciences, Virac 4800, Catanduanes, Philippines
DOI : 10.4194/1303-2712-v18_1_15 Viewed : 164 - Downloaded : 68 This paper presents an early stakeholder involvement plan using SID-SIN-SEN scheme [Stakeholder Identification (SID) - Stakeholder Inputs (SIN)- Stakeholder Engagement (SEN)-] for planning and implementation of marine protected areas (MPA) in the typhoon-prone island province of Catanduanes Island, Bicol Region (Luzon) in the Philippines. An early engagement plan is presented for (1) Agojo Point Fish Sanctuary and Marine Reserve in San Andres as to stakeholder’s involvement and management; and (2) for preparing an enforcement plan of the MPA in Kalapadan Bay Area (KBA) of Baras town. This stakeholder involvement plan explored the importance of identifying the stakeholders, linking their inputs and engaging all major and minor stakeholders in the co-management process. The involvement plan developed from the devised scheme can help MPA managers and academic institutions in developing MPA management plans and monitoring stakeholder interactions in marine space protection of the island province and possibly other locations by using stakeholder theory and stakeholder analysis. Keywords : conservation, marine spaces, fish sanctuary, planning, stakeholder