Small Islands

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Small Islands

Small islands are vulnerable to various economic and environmental implications of climate change and socio-political complexities that may be attributed to its small size, insularity and remoteness and susceptibility to natural disasters.

We have been supporting forest conservation projects in small islands which include:

  1. Ilin and Ambulong Islands in Occidental Mindoro, with Mindoro Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc.;
  2. Polillo Islands in Quezon, with Polillo Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc. and Institute of Social Order;
  3. Dinagat Island, with Dinagat Island Development Foundation/ Balaod Mindanaw; and
  4. Siargao Island, with Sentro para sa Ikauunlad ng Katutubong Agham at Teknolohiya Inc.

These small islands harbor unique flora and fauna, and represent different biogeographic regions. Ilin and Ambulong Islands are known to be one of the two documented habitats of the critically-endangered Philippine Teak (Tectona philippinensis). Polillo Island, on the other hand, is known as one of the habitats of butaan (Varanus olivaceous), a vulnerable monitor lizard that feeds on fruits, and is found on lowland dipterocarp forests. Likewise, Dinagat Island is known to have the endemic Dinagat bushy-tailed cloud rat. Lastly, Siargao Island is ranked as the 3rd province with the largest tract of mangrove forest in the Philippines.

We have allocated 11M PHP to support the piloting of forest management strategies in at least three small island ecosystems outside of our four focal landscapes. Small islands within the Philippines eligible for funding support should have:

  • a total land area less than 2,000 square kilometers;
  • a total population not more than 200,000;
  • natural forest cover that is at least 30% of the total land area;
  • contain island endemics (unique flora and fauna); and
  • an eligible project holder willing to implement research for conservation projects.