When establishing a vacation getaway that’s on good terms with the environment, it takes far more than just asking your guests to reuse their towels.
While others struggle to meet the demands of an increasingly eco-conscious clientele, the Anvaya Cove & Nature Club has had its environmental principles well intact since it opened its doors a decade ago.
Through the Anvaya Environmental Foundation, Inc. (AEFI), the Bataan-based development of Ayala Land Premier has put a number of programs in place in service of both its natural surroundings and the local community. Here, AEFI Program Director Kate Lim walks The Edition through a handful of the foundation’s many notable programs.
Lending a hand to the pawikan
Toward the end of the year, the shoreline of Anvaya Cove Beach and Nature Club becomes home to the nests of Olive Ridley sea turtles–the subject of the highly anticipated annual Pawikan Festival. AEFI sees to the months-long event, which involves protecting the sea turtle eggs from the time they are laid until their residents take their first steps toward the water some.
Getting the word out
AEFI conducts information, education, and communication campaigns about the Anvaya plant and wildlife. Right now we have two published guide books, namely A Field Guide to the Birds of Anvaya Cove and Get to Know the Pawikan: A Beginner’s Guide to the Pawikan.
By the end of the year we plan to release a third, this time centered on trees. This fits in with our program for the rehabilitation and restoration of our forest. Called the Assisted Natural Regeneration project, its focus is on protecting and nurturing mother trees and vegetation in a way that is natural and cost-effective.
Investing in the youth
Apart from overseeing the pawikan event, since 2015 we’ve been a part of the organizing committee for the festival. We have used this to establish a learning opportunity for the youth of Bataan by way of environmental fairs and engaging forums. In addition, we also conduct an annual Brigada Eskwela, the Department of Education initiative that assembles volunteers to repair classrooms in time for the opening of the school year. This year, we trained our attention on the improvement of day care centers in Morong.
Working with the community, for the community
We’ve recently been appointed as an area coordinator for International Coastal Cleanup (in Bataan. The annual event is the world’s largest volunteer effort in service of the ocean’s health. This coincides perfectly with our efforts to assist the local government of Morong in establishing a marine protected area in four out of five coastal barangays in Anvaya’s home community.
Propping up our people
Staff development is vital in the success of all these projects. We are now eagerly organizing training sessions that can better equip our staff for their respective tasks and responsibilities. Some of these trainings include managing solid and hazardous wastes, pawikan handling, and the assisted natural regeneration of the forests.
Art by Maine Manalansan