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The Center

The Center

The Philippines, an archipelago of 7,107 islands, is at the center of the world's marine biodiversity. It is at the heart of the Coral Triangle, known as the Amazon of the seas. Often the Coral Triangle is spoken about in terms of its marine biodiversity, but more than 120 million people live amidst it, relying on it for shelter, sustenance, and livelihood. For centuries, Filipino fishermen and communities have lived at the center, their lives tied to the movement of the water, intertwined with its ecosystem. The communities live amidst such abundant waters, but with the rise of modernization, a changing climate, and conservation efforts, they are caught in the tide, struggling for survival and moving away from a way of life that is centuries old.