Calamian Islands

Coron, Palawan

The Calamian Islands or Calamianes is a group of islands identified as an important Key Biodiversity Area in Palawan. There are three main islands, Busuanga, Culion and Coron, and numerous smaller islets.

The group constitutes a marginally distinct subcenter of endemism within the Palawan Region, and supports important populations of various native species and several endemic taxa. ...

The Calamian deer (Axis calamianensis) is the largest and one of the most threatened species in this region.

Calamian Islands or Calamianes Key Biodiversity Area News

  • Playing With Dugong Aban In Calauit

    Playing With Dugong Aban In Calauit

    A few weekends back, this reporter finally met the elusive but beautiful dugong, or sea cow, a vulnerable species thats almost endangered in Calauit, Busuanga, Palawan.

    Overwhelmed by its size compared to mine, while this reporter was trying to freedive at the back of the dugong, Aban, as what the tribes call this sea cow, was very playful and has been acquainted with the presence of humans.

    Going to Calauit Island was very challenging. We immersed ourselves among the Tagbanua tribesmen for four days and three nights. We thanked them for accommodating us and for taking care of this wonde ...

  • Tagbanua Culture And Heritage Get Childrens Book Treatment

    Tagbanua Culture And Heritage Get Childrens Book Treatment

    Panyáan: Three Tales of the Tagbanua," the newest book from the Center for Art, New Ventures and Sustainable Development (Canvas), features stories informed and inspired by the rich culture of the Tagbanuas of the Calamianes Island Group in Coron, Palawan province.

    With the United States Agency for International Development's Ecosystems Improved for Sustainable Fisheries program, Canvas had gone to Palawan to learn about and document the culture of Tagbanuas from three communities: Banuang-Daan, Cabugao and Calauit.

    The research provided the backbone to the three children's stories writ ...

  • Marine Protected Areas Sa Coron Nais Buksan Sa Turista

    Marine Protected Areas Sa Coron Nais Buksan Sa Turista

    Ibinida ng Coron Municipal government at ng Ecosystems Improved for Sustainable Fisheries o Ecofish, ang mga marine protected area sa Coron sa pagbisita ni Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Klecheski ng US Embassy.

    Ang Ecofish ay isang USAID funded organization na layon na mapataas ang kamalayan ng mga tao sa komunidad sa tamang pangangalaga sa karagatan at sa mga lamang dagat na nakatira dito. Isa rin sa kanilang mga layunin ay mapataas pa ang fish biomass upang mapanatiling sapat ang dami ng isda sa lugar.

    "It's inter-LGU intervention na ang layunin niya is to increase fish biomass by 10 ...

  • Calamian Islands May Get El Nidos Spotlight For Being The Most Beautiful Island

    Calamian Islands May Get El Nidos Spotlight For Being The Most Beautiful Island

    For years now, Palawan has been recognized by numerous travel and lifestyle magazines as one of the best and most beautiful islands in the world. Famous for its clear blue waters and powdery white sand, there is no denying that the islands of Palawan will always have something that would attract the people to see and to explore more of its richness.

    El Nido would always be at the top of anyone's list when it comes to the must-see islands in Palawan. However, an international lifestyle travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler (CN Traveler) said that the Calamian Islands (or Calamianes) could be E ...

  • How Tagbanua Communities In Coron Recovered From Yolanda

    How Tagbanua Communities In Coron Recovered From Yolanda

    Civil society groups and government units working in the town of Coron in Palawan province are using indigenous peoples' (IP) old knowledge on the environment and disasters to ensure their communities are climate change resilient.

    When Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) battered the resort town of Coron in November 2013, international aid groups and non-governmental organizations rushed to help.

    "There were more than 10 NGOs that came in after Yolanda. But most of them used the dole-out system so most of the communities got used to just receiving assistance without relying on their own capac ...

  • Marine Protected Area MPA Management Is More Than Just Corals And Fish

    Marine Protected Area MPA Management Is More Than Just Corals And Fish

    Despite conventional wisdom dictating law enforcement as a major factor for marine protected area (MPA) success, many factors influence MPA effectiveness. In the paper entitled "Larval dispersal and movement patterns of coral reef fishes, and implications for marine reserve network design" (Green et al., 2014) where two of the authors are from CCEF (i.e., Dr. Aileen Maypa and Dr. Alan White), it discusses how connectivity and fish movements as key ecological factors that must be considered when designing MPAs. Connectivity here pertains to the exchange of organisms (e.g. fish larvae, fish juve ...