Tubbataha Reefs to be launched as ASEAN Heritage Park
On 5 November 2015, the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park will be formally launched as an ASEAN Heritage Park (AHP) in the Philippines in a program organized by the ASEAN Center for Biodiversity (ACB) in collaboration with the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development, the Provincial Government of Palawan, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Tubbataha Management Office.
Tubbataha Reefs was declared as an ASEAN Heritage Park in 31 October 2014 during the 15th Informal Association of Southeast Asian National (ASEAN) Ministerial Meeting on the Environment in Laos. This recognition underscores Tubbataha Reefs’ exceptional natural characteristics that deserve to be protected for present and future generations.
The AHP Program is a program of the ASEAN for the purpose of generating greater collaboration among ASEAN Member States in preserving protected areas with high biodiversity and conservation values.
Tubbataha Reefs is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the town of Cagayancillo, Palawan. It is known for being one of the top dive sites in the world. The major role that Tubbataha plays is in serving as source and sink of coral larvae in the Sulu Sea, thereby contributing to the food security of the country.
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