Natural Science > Environmental > DG CY2020 7959

Research Title Development of the Carrying Capacity Standards for MMFR AHP as an Ecotourism Destination (Year 2 of 3)
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Research Duration Start:
1 October 2018
30 September 2019
Research Location UPLB-CFNR-IRNR
Research Description Mount Makiling is considered to be the most accessible tourist destination, 65km away from Manila. The possible increase in the number of visitors due to its development as ecotourism destination should be properly managed. It requires a more progressive visitor management strategies and programs that will ensure its good state. Initiatives and efforts on the development of MMFR as an ecotourism destination through infrastructures is in place however, the very basic information on MMFR’s carrying capacity is not yet determined. Thus, the team would like to determine the carrying capacity of the busiest areas in MMFR – the Mariang Makiling Trail (MMT), Sipit Trail and Makiling Botanic Gardens (MBG). This will determine the limits or threshold of the mountain in terms of the number of visitors and will serve as basis in visitor management program of the MMFR AHP which is one of the programs developed in its management plan.
Research Objectives The project generally aims to develop the carrying capacity of the Makiling Forest Reserve ASEAN Heritage Park (MMFR AHP) as ecotourism destination. Specifically, it aims to: 1) Identify factors that influences MMFR’s carrying capacity; 2) Estimate MMFR’s carrying capacity; and 3) Recommend appropriate strategies related to visitor use and management based on its carrying capacity.
Research Beneficiary(ies) University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Faculty, Students, Researchers, Local Government Units (LGUs)
Research Accoplishments [CY 2018] Annotated bibliography and summary report on reviewed literature and materials on carrying capacity; biophysical profile for each POI (including flora and fauna); at least four (4) courtesy calls to relevant agencies and host communities conducted; formulation of questionnaire started; four (4) enumerators trained; visitors interviewed; annual report prepared.
Total Research Cost ₱1,008,099.92
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Code DG CY2020 7959
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Priority Thrust DOST

Sector Natural Science
Actual Sector Environmental
Related sectors Sociology
Entry revision: February 2021