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Mindoro Occidental, Philippines

The western half of the island of Mindoro stretches from the mountains to the sea, and its biodiversity-rich coasts and outlying islands support a total of 30 MPAs, including the globally significant Apo Reef Natural Park. Its exposed location makes it vulnerable to tropical storms. Salt intrusion is minimal, but the risk will grow as the sea level rises. Integrated coastal management is carried out at municipal level, bringing together the government and local stakeholders. Coastal management allows local small-scale fishermen to exist in harmony with tourims draws such as dolphins and turtles.