Donsol, Philippines. A town build on whale shark tourism

Film

In the week of October 22nd, 2017, whale sharks have the chance to gain more protection at the CMS conference in Manila, Philippines.
As the host of this year’s Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the Philippines has proposed that whale sharks receive full protection wherever they are found. In addition to focusing on whale sharks, governments are also considering protections for at-risk species such as blue sharks, dusky sharks, white-spotted wedgefish, common guitarfish, and angel sharks. Governments have the opportunity to work together at CoP12 to prioritize the management of these shark species before it is too late.
Migratory species like whale sharks can be of huge value to certain communities, in Donsol, Philippines, whale sharks have truly changed the lives of the locals. This is the story of Donsol and what CMS can mean for their sharks. This short documentary was produced with the The Pew Charitable Trusts with help from the Conservation Media Group and will be shown at the CMS Conference Of The Parties in Manila.

Produced, shot and edited by Steve De Neef for The Pew Charitable Trusts with help of the Conservation Media Foundation.