To address urgent threats to the Philippines’ biodiversity, Conservation International is pursuing a strategy that values and protects healthy ecosystems and its services to the Filipino people and to the rest of the world. CI in the Philippines focuses on thematic responses supported by field demonstration in priority areas.
To conserve the full range of marine and terrestrial biodiversity, CI engages governments, NGOs, and the private sector in a science-driven process of designing and creating networks of protected areas. CI’s science and research agenda will provide information, tools and options that will advise governments and partners on zero and low carbon development initiatives including the implementation of REDD+ mechanisms (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation "plus" conservation, the sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks). CI studies the impacts of climate change on ecosystems and human communities, and the role and importance of healthy ecosystems in regulating climate and in helping human communities adapt to climate change.
CI works to reduce human impact and pressure on limited natural resources in rural, high biodiversity areas and demonstrate the linkages between good natural resources management and human well-being. CI aims to demonstrate improvement of local conservation activities by providing communities with basic services, such as reproductive health and family planning; development of income-diversification schemes; and information-sharing and training on improved natural resource use and management practices.
The contribution of natural ecosystems to human well-being and the consequences of ecosystem modification should be understood and incorporated into policies, markets, and conservation and development strategies as demonstrated in a ridge-to-reef approach that will integrate the appropriate management actions for each type of ecosystem. For example, in the higher elevations, activities will primarily be conservation-based. In the lower elevations, activities will support and enhance production ecosystems and improving conservation activities.
CI and partners are working together to address the vulnerability of species, key ecosystems and local communities in key conservation areas to maintain their resiliencies to threats associated with climate change. Field demonstration sites shall provide a model for REDD+ and ecosystem-based climate change adaptation. These actions shall be supported by regional, national and local level policy development.
CI helps develop and apply sustainable financing mechanisms to achieve desired conservation outcomes in priority conservation sites to ensure the protection of the ecosystems and the services they provide to the community. From implementation of payments for ecosystems services and establishment of endowment funds, CI is working with its partners to ensure that appropriate mechanisms are in place to sustain conservation initiatives.