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Encompassing over 7,000 islands, the Philippines’ large landscapes and long coastlines hold some of the world’s richest terrestrial, coastal and marine environments.​​​

It is also one of the world’s 17 mega-biodiverse countries, featuring more than 20,000 species of plants and animals found nowhere else in the world.

These natural resources, which stretch 2.2 million square kilometres (849,425 square miles), are of critical importance. They provide food, fresh water, livelihoods and climate resilience to more than 100 million Filipinos. In fact, it is estimated that biodiversity contributes around 5% of the Philippines' gross domestic product and supports livelihoods for nearly 15% of the country’s labor force.

The forests and oceans of the Philippines sequester vast amounts of carbon — playing a significant role in the global solution to climate change. Regionally, the Philippines is a part of the Coral Triangle, a transboundary seascape which more than 130 million people from five nations rely upon.

In recent times, accelerating development has led to increasing pressures on nature. Population growth, weak land use planning, industrialization and unsustainable land and sea use have taken a toll on its natural resources, while erratic storms have ravaged its coasts.​​​​​​


There is still time. We must together protect nature for Filipinos and for the world.​

 


Our role

Conservation International (CI) Philippines has worked with the government and local communities to value and protect healthy ecosystems since 1995. Through science, policy and fieldwork, we aim to protect nature, and ​provide innovative solutions to key environmental issues – such as the loss of mangroves, deforestation, climate change, unsustainable fishing and the illegal wildlife trade.

CI Philippines work ​both on land and sea – from the magnificent mountain range of Mount Mantalingahan in Palawan to the productive Sulu-Sulawesi S​eascape – to safeguard the well-being of all Filipinos for generations ahead.​

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Our work​​​

CI is working with​ the government and local communities in the Philippines to protect the country’s natural assets – forests, mangroves and seas – for the long-term benef​it of generations of Filipinos and people around the world.​​​

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