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The Conservation Leadership Programme enabled a Filipino organization to improve the future of the critically endangered Philippine crocodile.



Our role

The Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) is a collaborative initiative that builds the skills and capabilities of early-career conservation practitioners in developing countries. It is a model partnership among BirdLife International, Conservation International, Fauna & Flora International and the Wildlife Conservation Society. Building capacity among a new generation of conservation practitioners in the developing world is an essential component of each organization’s long-term strategy.

The CLP provides institutions like the Mabuwaya Foundation with funding to implement conservation activities and support for individuals to take part in training, mentoring and networking opportunities. CLP identifies individuals who demonstrate leadership potential and makes a long-term investment in their conservation career.

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EditQuote Text (Do not add quotation marks):Funding from CLP enabled us to set up a professional conservation organization dedicated to save one of the most threatened species on the planet: the Philippine crocodile.
EditQuote Attribution:Merlijn van Weerd, CLP Alumnus, Co-Director of Mabuwaya Foundation
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Our plan

Mabuwaya Foundation aims to protect and conserve the Philippine crocodile in its natural habitat. Mabuwaya uses a community‐based approach to raise awareness about the species and increase local participation in conservation efforts.

Mabuwaya was established in 2003, a year after receiving their first of three CLP grants. Their 2005 CLP Leadership Award was used to build staff capacity. For example, Filipino staff members participated in CLP trainings, some studied wildlife management abroad and others were trained in crocodile handling techniques and animal husbandry.

CLP funding helped create a well‐trained team with substantial field experience and knowledge. Furthermore, CLP enabled the foundation to leverage funds from a wide range of international donors and companies like Lacoste.


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EditText:Today, Mabuwaya’s CROC (Crocodile Rehabilitation, Observation and Conservation) project is widely regarded as a model for community-based conservation. They created a network of 17 community‐conserved freshwater protected areas where more than 100 captive‐raised Philippine crocodiles were released back into the wild. Mabuwaya has demonstrated that there is a future for the Philippine crocodile.
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