Impacts of a Shift in the Production and Consumption of Marine Protected Resources: A Case of Suyac Island

Go, Pamela abc
Jet Dela Cruz abd
Dr. Nick Agustin a
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aThe Graduate School, University of Santo Tomas;b Endurun Colleges; cCollege of Saint
Benilde,dAssociate Editor Enderun Colleges Scholarly Review and Economics Department Head

KEYWORDS

Circular Management of Resources, Circular Economy, Consumption,
Production, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Marine Protected Resources, and
Ecotourism

ABSTRACT

This is a case study of Suyac Island, a marine protected community in
Negros Occidental. It presents the social, economic, and environmental impacts
of a shift in the production and consumption of resources from a highly
dependent fishing economy that follows the ―take-make-use-dispose‖ regime to
more circular management of resources that is eco-tourism. The study used
a mixed-method to measure and describe the impacts as well as identify
endogenous resource management practices. Results revealed that ecotourism
on the island improved living conditions through the provision of alternative means
of livelihood and entrepreneurial opportunities for both men and women. There
is also perceived higher participation, involvement, and volunteerism in the
community. Likewise, there are notable actions toward environmental
conservation and protection of marine resources. Analysis of the impacts
provides support to circular management of resources, particularly, in this case,
the marine protected resources. The study underlines the applicability of
circular management of marine protected resources and the endogenous
practices that necessitated the transition.

Enderun Colleges Scholarly Review, Volume 3, Issue 1.

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