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Take Action:STOP Unregulated Wildlife Tourism in the Philippines - Pass NEW legislation

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Swimming next to the world's largest shark, the whale shark, or scuba diving with turtles amongst amazing coral gardens is a mind blowing experience. It’s an experience we treasure and one we want our friends, family and children to experience.

But unregulated and irresponsible tourism threatens to end these experiences by destroying reefs, scaring animals and consequently jeopardising the livelihoods we love. 

Tourism booms, such as those seen in Thailand has brought habitat and coral reef destruction, forcing the closure of tourism sites and decimating natural resources. We cannot let this happen in the Philippines. Our actions in the water as tourists can have a negative impact on the animals we interact with and the local tourism industry. 

In a bold move to protect marine wildlife in the Philippines the Department of Tourism (DOT)  the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Agriculture (DA) and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), have drafted a joint administrative order to standardise marine wildlife interaction guidelines in the Philippines. This law, which is based on scientific information, will set the standard for wildlife interaction in the Philippines, empowering the country as a developing ECOTOURISM destination and most importantly, PROTECT the marine wildlife, enhance visitors' experience, and livelihoods engaged in marine wildlife tourism. 

This new law is CRUCIAL if we want to protect the future of Philippine wildlife, local livelihoods and our own future enjoyment (as tourists). NOW is the time to set the standard across the nation and provide the foundations to ensure marine wildlife tourism develops sustainably into the future!

Seven non-government organisations (NGOs): The Large Marine Vertebrate Research Institute (LAMAVE), Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines (MWWP), Greenpeace Philippines, Save Philippine Seas (SPS), Green Fins, Reef-World Foundation and Responsible Tourism Philippines have already pledged their support for the law and have created “THEIR FUTURE OUR FUTURE” a video campaign championing sustainable marine wildlife tourism in the Philippines. You can find out more about the key guidelines the law will include at ‘Their Future Our Future’ highlights how we we all have the #powertoprotectPH and we now want YOU to use your POWER to protect the Philippines.

Please sign this petition to support DOT and DENR and DA, DILG and to show that WE the people want this new law in place. This is your chance to empower the Philippines and be part of an inspiring change.  You have the power to keep marine life safe in THEIR environment. 

If we protect THEIR FUTURE they will protect OUR FUTURE.

Today: Their Future Our Future is counting on you

Their Future Our Future Campaign needs your help with “Take Action: STOP Unregulated Marine Wildlife Tourism in the Philippines - Sign Now & Pass New Legislation to protect these animals! Use your #PowerToProtectPH”. Join Their Future Our Future and 2,775 supporters today.