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An ecological assessment of Ulugan Bay, Palawan, Philippines, CSI info 12

Acknowledgements

This ecological assessment would not have been possible without the important contributions of a considerable number of agencies, institutions and individuals. Firstly, we would like to thank the Marine Science Institute of the University of the Philippines, the National Committee of Marine Science under the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines, and the Puerto Princesa City Government, in particular Mrs Melissa Macasaet, Mrs Tutu Almonte and Mr Roy Magbanua from the Agriculture Office. Among the national institutions we would especially like to thank the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD), the Naval Forces Western Command and the Coast Guard, the National Economic and Development Agency (NEDA), the Department of Tourism (DOT), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of National Defense (DND). All of these institutions have made important contributions to this assessment.

Furthermore, we are much indebted to the local communities of Ulugan Bay (Barangays Bahile, Macarascas, Buenavista, Tagabenit, Cabayugan) and the two indigenous communities (Certificate of Ancestral Domain Claim CADC) Cabayugan and Kayasan who, through their commitment and co-operation, have made this project a success.

Finally, we would like to thank the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), who provided financial and technical support for the activities following on from this ecological assessment.

For the preparation of this report, we acknowledge the equal contributions of Stefano Fazi, Miguel D. Fortes and Hans D. Thulstrup, and for the editing, Gillian Cambers and Claire Blackburn.

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