Our overarching objective in the Philippines is to see conservation efforts scaled to a level that matches the intensity of the crisis.
Our scientists are studying landscapes and seascapes to identify and assess the current status of every threatened and endemic species in the country. This grand attempt builds on earlier research we supported that confirmed at least 128 key sites for biological diversity. Two-thirds of these critical sites lack formal protection. Another 51 sites may be added to this list once we have more information on the biodiversity they contain. This work and the sites it identified have since been adopted by the government in its attempts to implement conservation and responsible land use throughout the islands.
With multiple partners, we continue work to determine the most appropriate conservation actions to influence policy and build on successes. Our on-the-ground partners have increased their capacity tremendously, as a result of training and educational opportunities that we support. In crucial areas throughout the Philippines, we are making impressive conservation advances.
The Sierra Madre, home to nearly half the country's forests, is essential habitat for threatened species. CI has been working with governments and communities to conduct surveys along the Sierra Madre Biodiversity Corridor and boost awareness of the immense biodiversity sheltered in these mountains.
The country's largest province is a refuge for more than 100 threatened species on land and sea, including the Philippine cockatoo and several marine turtles. An overall conservation strategy focuses on establishing and strengthening the protected areas.
One of the largest remaining blocks of tropical lowland rainforest in the Philippines, CI is helping build capacity among local governments, NGOs, and communities in Eastern Mindanao.