By Charmaine Caparas
The map you are looking at tells a story of a potential threat to the coral triangle region of the Pacific, one of the most spectacular dive spots in the world. But what’s different about this approach is that it’s the result of a participatory mapping process, in which a vulnerable community helped identify threats to its socio-economic well-being.
While it has some of the highest diversity of marine life compared to other countries, as a developing country, the Philippines faces challenges which threaten the environment, not least the pristine undersea world that divers from everywhere flock to. Rampant uncontrolled development too often brings trouble in its wake.