Sapa is an instrument issued to individuals and groups that enables them to make productive use of a protected area identified under Republic Act No. 7586 or the National Integrated System of Protected Areas Act of 1992. “Currently, the use of some of our country`s protected areas does not have a General Management Planning Strategy (GMPS) as signed in Rule 10 of Administrative Ordinance DENR 2008-26, which is why even current protected areas are still devastated by destructive human activities such as mining, quarrying, fishing, agriculture and the general disregard for environmental protection laws. This is why SAPA was suspended in the first place because it violates the National Integrated System of Protected Areas (NIPAS) Act. “Greenpeace is very concerned about this development, and we fear that this step will do nothing more than open protected areas to exploitation. Lifting the moratorium on special permits will not protect or free people from poverty, but will expose our indigenous peoples to further abuse and oppression. But even with the granting of a sapa, a protected area retains its status as such, with zoning regulations to ensure its regulated and limited use, said Meriden Maranan of the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Cimatu said sapa has also tried to make full use of protected areas in accordance with the principles of sustainable development and biodiversity protection by serving as a guide for their proper zoning. Vince Cinches, political activist, Greenpeace Southeast Asia â€“ Philippines [email protected]]]> | +63 949 889 1336 In accordance with administrative decree 2007-17 of the then Minister of the Environment, Angelo Reyes, Sapa authorizes the use of protected areas for agroforestry, ecotourism facilities, campsites, communication and energy facilities, irrigation canals, aquaculture, as well as for meteorological facilities and other scientific monitoring facilities. Sapa is intended to “provide access and economic opportunities” to “indigenous peoples, fixed migrant communities and other interest groups” in protected areas.
“In some protected areas with FPS, permitted human activities are not listed, as all activities are subject to a clear impact assessment.