Special Use Agreement In Protected Areas (Sapa)
Cimatu said Sapa is also striving to make full use of protected areas, in line with the principles of sustainable development and biodiversity protection, serving as a guide for their proper zoning.  newsinfo.inquirer.net/987731/denr-opens-protected-areas-to-special-private-use  DENR Administrative Order 2008-26 www.greenpeace.org/static/planet4-philippines-stateless/2019/05/dao-2008-26_114.pdf  www.lawphil.net/judjuris/juri1993/jul1993/gr_101083_1993.html “In some protected areas with GMPS, authorized human activities are not listed, as all activities are subject to a clear impact assessment. The revitalization of sapa is contrary to the spirit or general objectives of NIPAS and will enrich few others that would exacerbate the current environmental problems and the situation of poverty in the Philippines. Sapa is an instrument that is distributed to individuals and groups that allows them to productively use an identified protected area in accordance with Republic Act 7586 or the National Integrated Protected Areas System Act 1992. “Greenpeace is very concerned about this development and we are concerned that this move will do nothing more than open protected areas to exploitation. Lifting the moratorium on granting special permits will not protect or free people from poverty, but will expose our indigenous peoples to further abuse and oppression. “At present, the use of some protected areas of our country does not have a General Management Planning Strategy (GMPS), as signed in Rule 10 of the DeNR Administrative 2008-26, which is why even the current protected areas are still devastated by destructive human activities such as mining, quarrying, fishing, agriculture and the general disregard for environmental protection legislation. This is why sapa has been suspended because it is contrary to the law of the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS). Vince Cinches, Greenpeace Southeast Asia Political Activist – Philippines [email protected]]] > | +63 949 889 1336 individuals, groups and companies can again apply for a Special Use Agreement for Protected Areas (Sapa) after the suspension of the exhibition is lifted, Environment Minister Roy Cimatu announced on Friday. But even by granting a Sapa, a protected area retains its status as such, with zonicity rules to ensure its regulated and limited use, said Meriden Maranan, of the Nature Management Bureau (BMB) of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DENR). “Let us not allow greed to reign over our constitutional right to a balanced and healthy environment. Our protected areas belong to the Filipino people, and we are only the managers of this beautiful place that is our country.
It is up to future generations to still have natural places to enjoy and appreciate. We owe it to our children, and we sincerely hope that the DENR will remember it. Palaui Island, in Cagayan Province, one of the country`s more than 200 protected areas. In accordance with the Ministry`s Administrative Decree 2007-17, signed by Angelo Reyes, then Minister of the Environment, Sapa authorizes the use of protected areas for agroforestry, ecotourism facilities, campsites, communication and energy facilities, irrigation canals, aquaculture, as well as meteorological facilities and other scientific monitoring facilities. Sapa aims to “provide access and economic opportunities to indigenous peoples, immigrant communities and other interest groups” in protected areas. “It is important to keep in mind that human activities remain permitted in the identified buffer zones of the protected areas as long as they would not undermine the integrity of the strict protection zone. . . .