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Dr. Theresa Mundita S. Lim

Director / Biodiversity Management Bureau

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is the primary government agency in the Philippines that is responsible for the conservation, management, development, and proper use of the country’s environment and natural resources, specifically forest and grazing lands, mineral resources, including those in reservation and watershed areas, and lands of the public domain, as well as the licensing and regulation of all natural resources as may be provided for by law in order to ensure equitable sharing of the benefits derived therefrom for the welfare of the present and future generations of Filipinos. Specifically, the Biodiversity Management Bureau is mandated to:

  • Establishing and Managing Protected Areas
  • Conserving Wildlife
  • Promoting and Institutionalizing Ecotourism
  • Managing Coastal Biodiversity and Wetlands Ecosystems
  • Conserving Caves and Cave Resources
  • Information and Education on Biodiversity and Nature Conservation
  • Managing Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center and the Hinulugang Taktak National Park
  • Negotiating biodiversity-related Multilateral Environmental Agreements and Monitoring National Implementation


IYOR Activities Plan

IYOR 2018 Launching (12 February 2018)


  1. To officially launch the celebration of International Year of the Reef (IYOR) 2018;
  2. To strengthen partnership among Government Agencies, Academe, Non-Government Organizations, People’s Organizations and Private Sector in the protection and conservation of Coral Reefs and other associated ecosystems hence the theme, “TOGETHER in protecting our REEFS”; and
  3. To present the IYOR 2018 line of activities organized by the department and various partners.

Core message: “TOGETHER in protecting our reefs”

A. Protecting our Reefs from Human-Induced Threats

  1. Protecting our Reefs from Marine Debris
  2. Protecting our Reefs from Destructive Fishing/through Sustainable Fishing
  3. Protecting our Reefs from Unsustainable Tourism Practices/ though Sustainable Tourism
  4. Protecting our Reefs from Unregulated Coastal Development and Other Land-Based Threats

A. Saving our Reefs through Real and Impactful Solutions

  1. Protecting our Reefs through Education and Capacity-Building
  2. Protecting our Reefs through Good Governance



Last Updated: February 13, 2018