Sam Nervez said the CCRES tools would help RARE in their behaviour change campaigns and capacity building interventions.

Filipino trainees share their impact stories

At the CCRES tools training workshops run earlier this year in Tagaytay, Philippines, CCRES captured stories from trainees about how they hope the tools will help them and their organisations.

Sam Nervez of the conservation organisation RARE, which aims to help communities adopt sustainable behaviours, attended the My Future, My Oceans training.

My Future, My Oceans provides a clear and very easy to understand processes for inspiring positive individual behaviour change among coastal households,” said Sam. “I believe that this will enrich the kind of work that we do at RARE especially in our behaviour change campaigns and capacity building interventions.”

My Future, My Oceans is a process for fostering sustainable behaviours in low resource coastal households. CCRES collaborator Eva Marie Ponce De Leon from Palawan State University also spoke of the value of the My Future, My Oceans training.

“The My Future, My Oceans process for fostering positive behaviours can be applied in many contexts in both the professional and personal lives of people” Eva said. “As a tool it is simple and easy to follow and it’s practical to use. It is also impressive that they have the workbooks and guide books which are exemplars for similar activities.”

The impact of the tools and the training in Tagaytay reached beyond universities and non-government organisations with participants from the private sector also recognising how the tools could be helpful. Hanniel Almasco of El Nido Resorts – a group of high-end eco-resorts located in the popular tourist destination of Palawan in the Philippines – saw how the CCRES tools SESAMME and SYSTORY could help her.

“Being in the private sector it’s very hard to communicate science with top management,” said Hanniel. “With the tools that CCRES has presented to us such as SESAMME and SYSTORY it will be easier for us to lobby for policies to ensure that the reefs are protected and that they will be able to understand more why we will have to continue protecting the environment.

“The tools that CCRES has presented will be very, very helpful in that way.”

SESAMME and SYSTORY are both apps, the former is used on an iPad and the latter on Android or iPhones. SESAMME helps users visualise how different coastal system components, such as resources and pressures, interact. Whereas SYSTORY helps managers assess the influence different scenarios will have on the coastal system over time.

Other CCRES tools taught at the Tagaytay workshop were Fish SPACE, FishCollab, Reef React, Coastal ProtectionMPA placement optimization tool, MPA size optimisation tool and the duo of Business Development tools: the Ecosystem based Business Development (EbBD) Approach for Coastal Communities and Eco-Biz Challenge.

The business development tools both aim to support and enable business entrepreneurs to develop sustainable business ideas.

Liza Mae Fumar of De La Salle University attended the training and said that she hoped the tools would be rolled out to local communities. “I think that many people in the communities are not really very confident about starting businesses because we are not big risk takers when it comes to business or when it comes to money,” she said.

She added that she hopes that CCRES’s business development tools will give people more confidence to try out their sustainable business ideas.

CCRES is collecting survey data to follow up with the Tagaytay trainees to find out if they have been using the CCRES tools or not, if the tools have had any impact, and if they need further training or other support to use the tools. The results will guide future CCRES work.