Above Photos: Day 1 and Day 2 participants of the Nature-Based Stakeholders’ Forum in Oslob Below Photos: Maechelle June G. Blanca, CDO II presents the overview and basic concepts of carrying capacity; Chona M. Tura, Sr. SRS discuss the determination and computation of carrying capacity; and Fr. Murphy P. Sarsonas talks about environmental spirituality.

The Coastal Resources and Ecotourism Research, Development and Extension Center (CRERDEC) conducted a Nature-based Tourism Stakeholders’ Forum last September 29-30, 2020 at Tan-awan, Oslob, Cebu as the municipality gears up for the re-opening of its tourism destinations under the new normal scenario.

The 2-day forum aimed at promoting the carrying capacity technology and was attended by representatives from the National Government Agencies in Region 7; Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR); the Local Government Unit and concerned barangays of Oslob, peoples’ organizations, and private tourism-related associations.

A diorama with one island that showed the adoption of carrying capacity versus another island showing unsustainable tourism.  Technology posters with results of carrying capacity studies in the Visayas region, and other printed communication materials produced by CRERDEC were showcased for exhibit during the forum.

Left Photo: The forum participants signing the pledge of commitment for sustainable tourism in Oslob. Middle and Right Photos: CRERDEC’s Exhibit on Carrying Capacity showcasing the Carcap Diorama and communication materials produced by CRERDEC.

Dr. Henry A. Adornado, Director of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) who graced the activity online, gave an inspirational message and commended the local government of Oslob for its systematic way of collecting and sharing tourism revenues for the benefit of its constituents. He emphasized the role of ERDB-CRERDEC is to provide information and technology and that sustainable tourism in Oslob should be a shared responsibility. In a pre- recorded message, CRERDEC Center Head, Dr. Alicia L. Lustica, acknowledged the support and participation of various stakeholder groups.

Partnership is also vital in promoting sustainable tourism. According to Dir. Adornado, “The forum held in Oslob is a testament for a more concrete partnership with DENR and the stakeholders.” MJG Blanca, CRERDEC