Since 2007, Hamilo Coast has worked with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) on environmental programs aimed at preserving the quality of its natural surroundings. WWF assists Hamilo Coast in the following areas:
COASTAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
The growth of local plants and animals is nurtured through initiatives such as clam-seeding, mangrove-reforestation, the release of sea turtle hatchlings, and regular coastal clean-up activities.
WWF monitors Hamilo Coast’s energy-use and recommends initiatives to continuously enhance energy efficiency. Alternative sources of energy have been used to power some of Hamilo Coast’s facilities, such as its street lights, which run on solar power.
SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT
WWF monitors and evaluates the waste management activities of Hamilo Coast’s employees and residents in order to create the conditions necessary for the community to be compliant with the waste-management standards of global eco-tourism certification bodies.
To increase the biological capacity of fisheries and establish sustainable local food sources, WWF conducts an inventory of the flora and fauna at Hamilo Coast’s Pico de Loro cove, and performs year-round fish-catch monitoring. WWF also monitors the three Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) of Hamilo Coast and conducts oceanography and hydrology studies in all thirteen coves.
In recognition of its conservation efforts, Hamilo Coast received WWF-Philippines’ Environmental Leadership Award in 2013 and was given the Bronze Benchmarked Status by EarthCheck (formerly GreenGlobe 21) in 2015.