Abstract or Introduction
The current state of the coastal environment in the Balabac Strait Corridor is exemplified by unsustainable resource management. This is indicated by numerous threats, both from anthropogenic and natural sources. For example: illegal fishing activities, coral reef destruction, illegal logging, lack of livelihood opportunities, deforestation/loss of forests, mangrove debarking, mangrove cutting on a commercial scale, wildlife poaching, loss of wildlife and illegal drugs.
While there is a widespread recognition that the biological resources are dwindling as target species for exploitation, decrease in quality, economic utilization and their consequential damages on terrestrial and marine ecosystems remain unabated. A more effective local government mechanism is needed to provide the necessary controls through appropriate local policies to address these concerns. There is a need for a concerted effort among stakeholder groups and for a harmonious approach towards resource conservation. Although attempts were made to mitigate further resource degradation, many of them did not effectively address the concerned issues. The current situation in Balabac requires external assistance (national bodies and international community), both human and material, as the local government alone cannot effectively address the tide of environmental degradation and the decline of natural resources.
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- Ronald Edilberto Ona (Author), 2007, Analysis of threats to biodiversity in the Balabac Strait Corridor, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/1312937