CCEF's projects reflects the team's ability and capacity to undertake state-of-the-art coastal resource management, marine conservation, and educational activities that are fully integrated with local communities and governments. Common to all projects is a scientific-based approach to sustain and restore coastal habitats and their economically valuable resources in measurable terms.

Sustaining coasts

Every year, dive enthusiasts around the world volunteer their time, energy, and resources as research associates in reef monitoring expeditions around the Philippines. Data collected contributes to improved MPA management.

To address continuing challenges in many coastal communities, SIMPRaNet facilitates the scaling up of community-based Marine Protected Area management to a provincial MPA network.

Through scientific reef monitoring, partners become more aware about the conditions of their marine habitats and MPAs. Data collected contributes to MPA management.

CCEF is implementing the project, Marine Protected Area (MPA) and Coral Reef Monitoring Data and Information System, from September 2012-August 2014. This project is primarily supported by UNICO Conservation Foundation in Australia and partner local government units and line agencies.

CCRMP 2 will be building on the gains attained during the first phase of the project. This project will emphasize economic development with a conservation-based approach.

Reef Resilience is one of CCEF's smaller projects and is designed to train people regarding coral bleaching. It is intended as one of the first steps in building communities resilient to climate change and global warming.

There is an urgent need to translate research findings of good MPA design into popular language and media. This enables effective decision making at the community level thus helps in bringing about real benefits to the fishery.

Stronger and more destructive typhoons are one of the effects of climate change. In small coastal communities, fisheries is the main contributor to livelihood and food supply. There is an urgent need to make coastal communities resilient and adaptive to climate change. There is also an urgent need to make coastal ecosystems such communities rely on for food and livelihood resilient to the the effects of a changing climate.

Involving communities

CCEF reaches out beyond the coastline through integrated approaches in CRM to help curb the rising number of abused women in Cebu Province.

Remote fishing communities in Northern Cebu were capacitated and organized by CCEF through this project that has the support of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Organizations, either located in the Philippines or outside, partner with CCEF in conducting researches. These organizations know that CCEF have the logistical support and manpower required to undertake comprehensive field work in the areas of marine sociology, IEC (information, education and communication), and marine policy.

Learning through experience is an effective teaching tool. CCEF encourages cross visits to areas that have successfully implemented marine conservation whether through MPAs, public education, and livelihood programs.