We work with LGUs and local and indigenous communities in generating green jobs that aid law enforcement, and addresses hunting and deforestation.
WHAT IS A FOREST GUARD?
A single Philippine Eagle needs at least 7,000 hectares of land to thrive. This is an incredible challenge considering the current state of the Philippine Forests. In fact, one of the largest threats to the survival of the species is habitat loss due to illegal logging, upland farming, and forest encroachment. Thus, to achieve a sustainable conservation outcome, we also need to protect our remaining forests that are home to a number of endemic flora and fauna. This is where our partner indigenous forest guards come in.
Our forest guards do the important work of monitoring biodiversity and patrolling the mountains and the forests where our national bird nests. Without the forest guards, this daunting mission would be impossible.
We foster a win-win partnership in which we provide our partner communities with livelihood opportunities such as forest guarding and farming that will allow them to continuously participate in the conservation work while meeting their basic needs. Thus, we lobbied the importance of forest guards in forest protection and wildlife monitoring to different LGUs. As a result, we are able to deputize and legitimize their work.
But this is not enough. Not all Key Biodiversity Area have forest guards that limit protection to only a small portion of the entire Philippine forests. We also miss out on the opportunity to track and monitor more Philippine Eagles in the wild. But YOU can help change that!