TADI NEWS FEED:
Since 1996, WWF has been working to protect the Tubbataha Reefs. Its latest initiative with the Tubbataha Management Office (TMO) is the construction of a new Ranger Station, with a built-in research facility for up to eight scientists to conduct onsite marine studies for months at a time.
|The new Ranger Station features a hexagonal dome with a 360-degree view of the park. Research and enforcement capabilities shall be greatly enhanced. Barring unforeseen delays, the soft launch is slated for the summer of 2015. (Dylan Melgazo / WWF)|
The station shall utilize green technology such as solar panels, micro-wind turbines, rainwater collectors and vegetable gardens to maximize self-sufficiency and capacity.
|This is the current ranger station in Tubbataha. (Ferdie Bondoy / Tatak Digitista)|
A helicopter pad will boost rapid reaction capabilities while a library, visitor center and merchandise shop shall entice Park visitors to interact with the rangers, who spend lonely two-month shifts protecting the park from poachers and illegal fisherfolk.
|Famed as a dive destination and virtual seafood factory, Tubbataha has 360 hard coral species and over 600 species of fish. (Lory Tan / WWF)|
“This should dramatically boost our ability to protect and study the area. Barring delays, the soft-launch is slated for the summer of 2015,” reveals WWF-Philippines Tubbataha Project Manager Marivel Dygico.