DENR uses Lawin system to protect Boracay

Boracay now. Considered as one of the top beach destinations in the world, Boracay Island was closed for rehabilitation for six months and re-opened to the public on October 26. (Photo credit: DENR-FMB)

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) started using the Lawin Forest and Biodiversity Protection System to protect Boracay Island in Western Visayas from pollution and environmental degradation. The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Boracay formulated a conservation plan to preserve the island’s natural beauty and its remaining wetlands and upland, mangrove, and beach forests. The plan includes CENRO Boracay's mobilization of over 40 patrollers, who will use the CyberTracker app in conducting regular patrols in these ecosystems and recording observed threats and responses. USAID and the DENR’s Forest Management Bureau adjusted the data model of SMART based on the specific situation in the island. The use of the Lawin approach will enable the DENR to make timely and informed decisions for the continued protection and preservation of the world-famous tourist destination.