The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in partnership with the Boracay Business Administration of Scuba Shops (BBASS) will be conducting a biodiversity assessment of the coastal and marine areas in the island.
A memorandum of agreement between the DENR led by Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu and BBASS was signed on Monday, during the first day of the island’s dry run period.
Crisanta Marlene Rodriguez, director for the Biodiversity Management Bureau of the DENR said the marine biodiversity assessment will be necessary for the rehabilitation of Boracay’s coastal and marine areas.
Rodriguez said the BBASS will also be assisting the DENR in policing the coastal areas of the island as well as on its information, education, and communication campaign (IEC).
Despite the scheduled reopening on October 26, diving activities will still remain suspended to give way for the conduct of the marine biodiversity assessment.
Rodriguez noted that there are still lots of indigenous specifies found in Boracay, mostly concentrated in Baranagy Yapak or in the northern part of the island.
“Boracay has a rich fauna and flora species which are worth protecting and preserving,” she stressed.