a boy in his family's cassava upland farm in Samariniana, Brooke's Point, Palawan
After more than a decade’s work in the country, CI has emerged as a valued parner and trusted advisor in biodiversity conservation, helping to provide the scientific basis to guide protected area designation decisions and serving as member to several protected area management boards. Working with the national government and other partners, CI has helped achieve the following milestones in the Philippines:
- major partner in successfully establishing important marine and terrestrial protected areas (Peñablanca Protected Landscape and Seascape, Quirino Protected Landscape, Mt. Mantalingahan Protected Landscape, various marine protected areas in the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape, etc.)
- major partner in facilitating the Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) definition process in the country, which yielded 228 identified marine and terrestrial KBAs. These areas are the investment targets for geographic and thematic biodiversity conservation in the Philippines, and have been duly prioritized by the national government.
- first projects in the country to receive Gold Level ratings from the Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) Standards, the most widely used and globally respected international mechanism for validating the multiple benefits that forest carbon projects deliver to local communities and biodiversity, and mitigating climate change (for the Philippine Peñablanca Sustainable Reforestation and Quirino Forest Carbon Projects)
- first forest carbon project in the Philippines and in Asia to achieve CCB as well as Verified Carbon Standards (VCS) validations. VCS is the leading global standard and quality assurance system for accounting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions in the voluntary carbon market.
- major partner in establishing the country’s first marine protected area network with biological and social connectivity, including an operational enforcement network (Verde Island Passage Marine Protected Area Network)
- one of the NGOs with the biggest partnership base in the country and across countries (the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape partnership base)
CI’s conservation efforts in the Philippines promote and deliver conservation gains through translation of scientific knowledge into action. CI is also well-positioned to demonstrate the value of integrated ecosystems approach, combining landscape and seascape management to secure wide-ranging conservation outcomes and human well-being benefits.