Role of Communities in Local Conservation Areas

Established in 1986, Kapunungan sa Gagmay ng Mangingisda sa Concepcion (KGMC) is the municipal fisherfolk association of Barangay Concepcion, Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay. It is active in coastal protection and management. The association implements marine-based livelihood projects like fish culture in cages, shell culture, crabs and fish mangrove aqua silviculture and sustainable ways of fishing.

Among KGMCs activities are mangrove restoration, protection, development and management; mangrove nursery establishment, development and innovation; mangrove seedlings handling and transporting and planting technique; maintenance and monitoring of mangrove nurseries and planting sites; mangrove protection; fisherfolk community social enterprises establishment and development; promotion of coastal community social enterprises; solid waste management initiatives; marine animal protection; and coastal community organizing, orientation and strengthening on coastal environment and natural resources management.

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