Name: Gemma Gades
Country: Phillippines
Location: Hinatuan Bay, Mindinao

“Ka” Gemma, is a mother and active leader of a local fisherfolk group protecting Hinatuan Bay in the southern Philippines. She has been the President of the community organization “Ladies in United Movement Onward to Development” (LUMOT) since 1999, and of the municipal-level “Nagkahiusang Mangingisda sa Hinatuan” (NAMAHIN) since 2000, both of which strive to address issues surrounding the bay. Ka Gemma patrols the bay’s eight protected areas together with local fish wardens and works with other organizations to provide training and outreach to community members about protecting their coastal resources. Read more about Gemma and Hinatuan Bay.

Photo by Daisy Flores-Salgado