MOU on the conservation and management of Dugongs and their habitats throughout their range

A dugong (local name - Duyong) swimming over a bed of seagrass in Northern Coron, Philippines (Photo source: Steve De Neef/

The Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation and Management of Dugongs (Dugong dugon) and their Habitats throughout their Range (Dugong MOU) is a CMS instrument which aims to promote and ensure the long-term survival of Dugongs and their seagrass habitats.
Focal Office:
Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB)
Date Ratified:
August 19, 2008
Activities under the MOU will be guided by a Conservation and Management Plan (CMP) which aims to enhance community based stewardship at key sites, encourage environmentally sustainable practices, increase availability of critical knowledge for conservation, and mainstream dugong and seagrass conservation priorities into national and regional policies and planning.

The latest National Report (2017) for the Dugong MOU can be accessed here (Through CMS database). The report contains updates on the Department's CMP.

Policy Issuances:
MOU on the Conservation and Management of Dugongs and their Habitats Throughout Their Range
DENR Administrative Order No. 1991-55 Declaring Dugong or Sea Cow (DugongDugon) as Protected Marine Mammal of the Philippines
Republic Act 9147 Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act
Republic Act 8550 The Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998
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