In accordance with the 2007-17 by-law signed by Angelo Reyes, then Minister of the Environment, Sapa authorizes the use of protected areas for agroforestry, ecotourism facilities, campsites, communication and electricity facilities, irrigation canals, aquaculture, weather monitoring facilities and other scientific monitoring facilities. “Right now, the exploitation of certain protected areas of our country does not have a general management planning strategy (GMPS), as signed in Rule 10 of the 2008-26 DENR 2008-26 by-law,[2] which is why even the current protected areas are still devastated by destructive human activities such as mining, stone mining and land , fishing, agriculture and general non-compliance with environmental legislation. This is why its SAPA has been suspended because it is contrary to the law of the National Protected Areas Protection System (NIPAS). “It is important to note that human activity remains permitted in the identified buffer zones of protected areas, as long as they do not harm the integrity of the strict protection zone. Cimatu stated that Sapa also wanted to fully exploit the protected areas, in accordance with the principles of sustainable development and biodiversity conservation, by guiding them for their appropriate zoning. The Sapa aims to “provide access and economic opportunities to indigenous peoples, migrant communities and other interest groups” in protected areas. Vince Cinches, Political Activist, Greenpeace Southeast Asia – Philippines [email protected]] > But even with the granting of a Sapa, a protected area retains its status as such, with zoning rules to ensure its regulated and limited use, said Meriden Maranan of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB). Individuals, groups and businesses can again apply for a special use agreement for protected areas (Sapa) after the suspension of the broadcast was lifted, Environment Minister Roy Cimatu said on Friday. “Let us not let greed dominate our constitutional right to a balanced and healthy environment. Our protected areas belong to the Filipino people and we are only administrators of this beautiful place that is our country. It is up to future generations that they appreciate and still appreciate natural places.

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