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The Philippine archipelago is one of the most important global centres of biological diversity. Many of its species can only found there, such as the Philippines tube-nosed fruit bat and the Visayan warty pig.
Sadly, The Philippines is ranked as having the most severely endangered endemic wildlife in the world. Its forest are being lost and degraded at an astonishing rate.
This habitat loss is also responsible for the increasing number and severity of floods and droughts in the country, as well as massive soil erosion, coral reef siltation and ground water depletion. These impacts directly undermine the livelihoods of poor rural and forest-dependent communities. Losing natural resources has a direct effect on people’s well being.
Fauna & Flora International (FFI), through its Philippines Conservation Support Programme, works alongside local conservation organisations to stop and reverse this downhill trend. We aim to provide safeguards to the people who depend and coexist with these unique biodiversity.
FFI’s Asia-Pacific Community Carbon Pools and REDD+ Programme (2011-2014) was a regional initiative in South East Asia aimed at improving and strengthening REDD+ related forest governance, by ensuring that the tenurial rights of indigenous and forest-dependent communities were incorporated into decision-making processes and the creation of Community Carbon Pools (CCPs). The programme was managed by FFI working in close partnership with the NTFP-Exchange Programme and PanNature. The programme created synergies and shared knowledge between the programme countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam. The Philippines’ REDD+ pilot project was located in the Agta-Dumagat-Remontado Tribes’ ancestral domain of Southern Sierra Madre in General Nakar Municipality, Quezon Province. A major watershed, this site is home to 20 threatened fauna and several critically endangered tree species. Programme officers supported national awareness campaigns, such as 2012’s “Color It REDD+”. The Programme officially ended in July 2014, however in Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines, FFI REDD+ activities are progressing, with varying levels of funding already in place. For more information, please visit the Community Carbon Pools website.
In Southern Palawan, FFI is contributing to a pilot project exploring how to improve forest governance and sustainable upland development through climate change mitigation financing strategies. Our partners for this project are Nagkakaisang Tribu ng Palawan (a federation of Palawan Tribal Groups), Environment and Legal Action Center, Institute for the Development of Educational and Ecological Alternatives Inc., Municipality of Quezon, Palawan and Non-Timber Forest Products-Exchange Programme.
A new partnership between FFI, Team Energy Foundation and the Non-timber Forest Products Task Force aims to ensure sustainable livelihoods for forest-dependent communities in a key biodiversity area in southern Luzon: Mt Irid-Angilo, Gen. Nakar, Quezon Province.
Together we will strengthen the ability of local governments and communities to protect forests and biodiversity whilst increasing income and employment from other sources such as locally governed Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) projects.
The Philippines lies within the ‘coral triangle’ – the epicentre of marine biodiversity – and is home to around 3,000 fish species, 500 coral species and over 40 species of mangroves. Endangered species of sea turtles, whale sharks, yellowfin tuna and dolphins also inhabit these waters. The reefs are among the most threatened in the world due to overfishing, destructive fishing methods, pollution, coral mining and unregulated coral reef tourism, all of which contribute to the rapid decline of marine…Read more