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UP Office of International Linkages

UP Office of International Linkages is a unit under the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. It is mandated to identify and explore areas of cooperation and linkages with foreign and local institutions. It promotes academic collaboration with local and foreign universities in the form of student and faculty and student exchange, joint research, exchange of publication, sponsorship of conference and other academic activities. The office is engaged in the initiation, planning, implementation and monitoring of linkage activities.

The office also participates in the implementation of student exchange program with partner universities. It facilitates the application and endorsement of UP students who wishes to participate in the exchange program with local or foreign universities. Also, it provides assistance to foreign exchange students who are studying in UP under the benefit of memorandum of agreement between their home university and UP System.

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Cebu Provincial Government

Cebu Provincial Tourism Office

Cebu is a province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayas (Region VII) region, and consisting of a main island and 167 surrounding islands and islets. Cebu is one of the most developed provinces in the Philippines, with Cebu City as the main center of commerce, trade, education and industry in the Visayas. In a decade it has transformed into a global hub for shipping, furniture-making, tourism, business processing services, and heavy industry.

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SMARTSeas PH - Strengthening Marine Protected Areas to Conserve Marine Key Biodiversity Areas in the Philippines

The project, “Strengthening the Marine Protected Areas to Conserve Marine Key Biodiversity Areas” or SMARTSeas PH is a five-year initiative led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB), with support from United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

SMARTSeas PH aims to accelerate the establishment of Marine Protected Areas (MPA) and MPA Networks to include under represented marine key biodiversity areas in order to reduce and arrest the rapid degradation of marine and coastal habitats in the Philippines. The project covers five demonstration sites: Verde Island Passage, Southern Palawan, Tañon Strat Protected Seascape, Lanuza Bay, and Davao Gulf.


Biodiversity Finance Initiative Philippines

The Biodiversity Finance Initiative – BIOFIN, is a new global partnership seeking to address the biodiversity finance challenge in a comprehensive manner – building a sound business case for increased investment in the management of ecosystems and biodiversity.

BIOFIN aims to develop and pilot a new approach and methodology to fill the financing gap for biodiversity, support CBD parties in reporting on resource mobilization (Financial Reporting Framework), assist countries to better mobilize and align domestic and international finance for biodiversity, including implementation of NBSAPs, and to achieve sustainable development goals.

BIOFIN is managed by the UNDP Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme, in partnership with the European Union and the Governments of Flanders, Germany, Norway and Switzerland, who support the initiative with a total of USD 29 million. The Global Environment Facility is a further partner financing parallel in-country projects in support of the revision of National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs).

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National Fisheries Research and Development Institute

The Philippine Fisheries Code of 1988 or Republic Act 8550 (as amended by Republic Act 10654), Section 82, created the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI) to recognize the important role of fisheries research in the development, management, conservation and protection of the country’s fisheries and aquatic resources.

The Fisheries Code specified the research and development (R&D) objectives of NFRDI (Sec. 84) as follows: to raise the income of the fisherfolk and to elevate the Philippines among the top five (5) in the world ranking in the fish production; to make the country's fishing industry in the high seas competitive; to conduct social research on fisherfolk families for a better understanding of their conditions and needs; and to coordinate with the fisheries schools, LGUs and private sectors regarding the maximum utilization of available technology, including the transfer of such technology to the industry particularly the fisherfolk.


The Marine Environment Resources Foundation, Inc. aims to promote the marine sciences in the country by developing research and training research personnel; enable the maintenance and operation of the Bolinao Marine Laboratory (BML) of the UP MSI; and contribute to the conservation and rational development of the country's marine resources.

Marine Biodiversity Research Group (MBRG/RU), is one of the academic institute in Ramkhamhaeng University. It was established in 1995 to carry out a project on coastal ecosystems in the Gulf of Thailand supported by the Thailand Research Fund (TRF). At the present MBRG-RU works on various aspects of marine biology particularly coral reef conservation. The institute coordinates with various national and international academic institutes to build research collaboration on coastal and marine conservation and management.

Chulalongkorn University is a public and autonomous research university in Bangkok, Thailand. The university's Department of Marine Science is a part of Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, is one of the leading institutions in the field of marine science in Thailand. At present, the Department offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in Marine Biology and Fisheries as well as Physical and Chemical Oceanography. In addition, the Department has established cooperative programs with several universities around the globe, and has participated actively in the international programs such as Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), EU-Horizon 2020, and Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, a myriad of ASEAN marine science.


The Capturing Coral Reef and Related Ecosystem Services (CCRES) Project is a regional technical support project, funded by the World Bank – Global Environment Facility, that seeks to unlock new, sustainable income streams for coastal communities in East Asia and the Pacific. It seeks to explicitly demonstrate the fundamental relationship between the ecological value of healthy coral reef ecosystems and the economic value and market potential of their ecosystem services.

The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), a government corporation, acts as Department of Tourism’s implementing arm in providing support infrastructures and facilitating investments in Tourism Enterprise Zones (TEZ) nationwide. This is carried out through its main functions — infrastructure development; designation, regulation and supervision of TEZs; management of its existing assets or facilitation of their privatization; and administration of the collection of the Philippine Travel Tax.

Oceans & Lakes (Master of Science in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management) is an inter-university 2-year master programme organized by the Faculty of Sciences of Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB, Free University of Brussels), Universiteit Antwerpen (UAntwerpen, Antwerp University) and Universiteit Gent (UGent, Ghent University). The students are provided with astrong fundamental and applied knowledge and preparedfor an active role in the scientific research and management of marine and lacustrine systems.

A 4-star Charity Navigator-ranked NGO, Rare is the leading organization in using behavior change to achieve conservation goals globally. Rare inspires people to take pride in the natural resources that make their communities unique, while also introducing practical alternatives to environmentally destructive practices.

Oceana, founded in 2001, is the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation. Oceana's offices around the world work together to win strategic, directed campaigns that achieve measurable outcomes that will help make our oceans more bio diverse and abundant.

Nautilus Dive and Sports Center has been operating for almost 8 years. Founded in 1995 by Solomon Young Jr., under the name of S.Y. Industrial Corporation then, has been recognized as an importer and wholesaler of different kinds of diving equipments that supply to dive shops and resorts.