Palawan Sustainable Tourism Project

Picture El Nido, Palawan, Philippines credit nennnn on flickr

The Philippine government has committed to plans to fully implement a Sustainable Tourism Development Project (STDP) for Coron and El Nido on Palawan during 2021.

El Nido is known for white-sand beaches, coral reefs and as the gateway to the Bacuit archipelago, a group of islands with steep karst cliffs, wonderful lagoons and world famous dive sites.

The STDP aims to make all tourism development in the El Nido area more sustainable and inclusive. Projects will focus on improvements to eco-system-based tourism site management alongside enterprise and skills development and the drainage and solid waste disposal systems.

El Nido, Palawan, Philippines credit Cris Tagupa on Unsplash
El Nido, Palawan, Philippines credit Fabio Achilli

Coron municipality is home to the Coron Island Natural Biotic Area and eco-tourism has now become the biggest draw to the area alongside diving. The area has bleach-white sand beaches, large limestone cliffs, endemic terrestrial wildlife and attractions including Kayangan Lake, Twin Lagoon and Luluyuan “Barracuda” Lake.

“Giving our recovery plans for Coron a major boost is the Sustainable Tourism Development Project or STDP, which will be launched this year and will run throughout 2026.”

“The STDP will help build the capacity of local stakeholders to protect and conserve Coron’s natural beauty and biodiversity and ensure that tourism benefits the local communities.”

Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Philippines Tourism Secretary

In Coron, urban infrastructure projects will include water supply, sewerage system, drainage improvements, and urban beautification.

Kayangan Lake, Palawan credit Travis on flickr
Coron Islands, Palawan credit Ray in Manilla on flickr

There will be a focus on the restoration of four key eco-tourism sites, capacity building for marine protected area management, and alternative livelihoods at Kayangan Lake, Siete Pecados, Bintuan Coral Gardens, and the CYC beach.

Souces: Travel Daily News, TTG Asia and Philippines News Agency

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