Rehabilitating the mangrove resources of Cogtong Bay, Philippines: A comanagement perspective
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The local management of mangrove resources in Cogtong Bay, Philippines, dates back to the 1940s and 1950s when some families informally designated mangrove areas under their care and management. The 1960s and 1970s saw several exogenous events that led to the progressive denudation of mangrove stands and the decline in fish catch per fishing trip. This article draws attention to the forces that prompted coastal villages and external agents to collaborate with the national and local government units in resource rehabilitation. It also assesses the performance of a coastal resources comanagement project at Cogtong Bay.