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Monday, August 11, 2014

New Tubbataha Ranger Station to rise soon!


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.

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