Staff from the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in Antique together with the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Belison and Culasi, Antique participated in an ‘Online Orientation and Levelling-Off for the Determination of Carrying Capacity of Protected Areas’ on May 14, 2021.
PENRO Antique sought technical assistance from the Coastal Resources and Ecotourism Research, Development and Extension Center (CRERDEC) for the conduct of said one-day online orientation via zoom.
The activity aimed to capacitate participants on the concept and implementation of carrying capacity. It was also participated in by parks superintendent and staff of the natural parks in Antique.
PENRO Antique higlighted the importance of implementing Carrying Capacity (CARCAP) in protected areas as these are becoming extremely important ecotourism destinations.
Hence, they targetted to conduct CARCAP study for two (2) protected areas, Sibalom Natural Park (SNP) and Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park (NPPNP), both in the Province of Antique.
Dr. Alicia L. Lustica, CRERDEC Center Head, led the group and discussed the importance of Carrying Capacity in Western Visayas, highlighting the need to protect areas in the province which have experienced degradation due to serious pressure on the natural resources.
“Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, CRERDEC continues to give support and wholeheartedly provides technical support and assistance or recommendations to properly implement carrying capacity in priority sites or tourism destinations”, said Dr. Lustica.
Moreover, Ms. Dinah Favila, Senior Science Research Specialist also from CRERDEC presented the different parameters of the Carrying Capacity in protected areas while Mr. Jon Alfonso “Jono” P. Horvidalla, Science Research Specialist II, discussed the computation of carrying capacity.
The virtual event also discussed insights shared by personnel who have previous experience in implementing CARCAP study, particularly in Mararison Island, a small barangay island in Culasi, Antique.
PENR Officer Andres T. Untal was truly grateful to ERDB-CRERDEC for the assistance extended and he expressed hope that said virtual activity will provide participants with a bird’s eye-view of the importance of determining the carrying capacity to sustainably manage the protected areas.
They also look forward in acquiring extensive knowledge through hands-on experience so they can properly conduct carrying capacity on the ground. I.T. Azucena, CRERDEC