Saving Species

Pathways for Indigenous Knowledge

Project Full Name: Pathways for Indigenous Knowledge Engagement on Marine Biodiversity Conservation (Implemented through Daloy ng Buhay, Inc.)

Project duration: June 2012-May 2015

Donor: United States Agency for International Development under its Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research Program in partnership with the National Science Foundation

To characterize fisher folk perception of marine ecosystems and biodiversity, conservation and management in selected marine bioregions across the Philippines for development of reflexive educational and best practice program approaches; and to expand the use of the multiple epistemologies approach to science cognition in developmental science education efforts for Philippines and other less developed settings.

2014 Updates:

  • 1st quarter updates due from the field in March 2014.

2013 Updates:

  • Pambansang Alyansa ng mga Maliliit na Mangingisda na Nangangalaga ng Santwaryo at Karagatan sa Pilipinas (PAMANA KA SA Pilipinas) leaders trained on the methods for skills and techniques in the conduct of survey interviews and focus group discussions.
  • Cultural Consensus Model (CCM) survey tool developed with colleagues at the Northwestern University in Chicago currently being administered across the North Philippine Sea. Subsequently translated this into Tagalog and Visayan for PAMANA communities.
  • Analysis of the initial data collection using the Cultural Consensus Model reviewed and discussed relative to the future development of training programs and formal education.
  • For the North Philippine Sea focal area, initial dataset obtained from Catanduanes, which will be used to assess the best approach for further province-wide activities in the broader Bicol Region. In Quezon and Isabela, a collaboration framework defined through in-province meetings with Provincial Government and the State University.
  • Partnership with Aurora Province’s Provincial Health Office for joint efforts on eco health forged.
  • Desk research on seasonality/significance of individual fish species harvest to form basis of oceanographic section of the Northern Philippine Sea additional dataset under development conducted.
  • Provided facilitation and served as resource persons in the Aurora MPA Network Development Workshop.
  • Publications: 1) Pajaro, M., M Raquino, AC Tangson, F Tiburcio, GE Valenzuela & PD Watts. 2013a. Strategic and challenge driven municipal action for remote Philippine coastal San Luis communities. Journal of Research in Peace, Gender & Development 3:24-28; and 2) Pajaro, M., PD Watts & J. Ampa. 2013b. The Northern Philippine sea: a bioregional development communication strategy. Social Science Diliman 9(2):49-72.

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