Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Eco-region (SSME)

Writeshop for the harmonization of the SSME Project work plan 2015. (Photo Source: BMB)

A priority seascape of the Coral Triangle Initiative, the Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Eco-region addresses concerns related to the sustainable development of coastal and marine resources and food security in six countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste.
Focal Office:
Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB)
February 13, 2004 - Tri-national MOU on ECP implementation signed. Approved May 2009 in the Philippine Senate
Focal Persons:
Chair of Subcommittee
       DENR - Biodiversity Management Bureau
       Telefax No.: (632) 920 4417
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The Philippines, led by the DENR, is a member of the Tri-National Committee and the permanent chair of the Sub-committee on Marine Protected Areas and Networks. The Tri-National Committee guides the implementation of SSME comprehensive action plans of the thematic sub-committees, namely: Charismatic, Migratory and Threatened Species; and Marine Protected Areas and Networks.
Policy Issuances:
Proclamation No. 1028, 28 June 1997, Declaring the Entire Sulu and Celebes Seas  as  an Integrated  Conservation  and Development  Zone,  Creating  a Presidential  Commission  for  the Integrated  Conservation  and Development  of  the  Area  and Providing Funds Therefor
Executive Order No. 578 - Establishing the National Policy on Biological Diversity, Prescribing its Implementation Throughout the Country, Particularly in the Sulu Sulawesi Marine Ecosystem and the Verde Island Passage Marine Corridor
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Philippine achievements:
a) Threatened species
       - Development and on-going propagation of the sea turtle database to house sea turtle tagging records from 1979 up to present
       - Satellite tracking, aerial surveys of sea turtles to show connectivity and migration pattern of sea turtles in the SSME region in cooperation with Marine Research Foundation, Inc and GIZ-SSME Project
       - Developed Marine and Aquatic Wildlife Rescue and Response Manual Series on Dugongs and Marine Mammals, Sea Turtles, Sharks and Rays in partnership with Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines under the GIZ ACCCoast Project.
b) Marine Protected Areas
       - Exploring the prospect of establishing a network of protected areas to safeguard sea turtles
      - Conducted management effectiveness assessment of MPAs using MEAT/METT in selected locally managed MPAs and NIPAS sites.
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