Request for Proposals: Analysis of Forest Degradation Drivers in Palawan and Sierra Madre

The Green Livelihoods Alliance (GLA) 2.0 Sustainable and Inclusive Landscape (SILG) Program (2021-2025), a continuation of the 2018-2020 SILG Program, aims to facilitate and capacitate multi-stakeholder groups in the landscape to design and implement Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) initiatives. Specifically, the SILG Program will work towards establishing and supporting multi-stakeholder (MS) groups in the landscape who will identify FLR sites in their landscape, engage in participatory and inclusive processes for designing and implementing restoration approaches, and collaborate in FLR monitoring. These multi-stakeholder groups will be composed of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs), Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), representatives from academic institutions, private sector, and local government units (LGUs).

Pathway B of the GLA 2.0 and SILG Program Theory of Change aims for the Philippine government and the private sector to ensure their projects would avoid deforestation and forest degradation. Avoided deforestation and forest degradation starts with understanding the dynamics of historical forest resource use and in the process determining the practices, policies, and stakeholders that contributed to current forest status in the country. 

In 2013, an analysis by Carandang, et al. determined and analyzed the key drivers of deforestation and forest degradation (i.e., forest products extraction, agricultural expansion, infrastructure expansion, and biophysical factors), including its underlying factors as well indirect drivers (i.e., policy-institutional-governance, socio-demographic-cultural, and economic-market-technological). It also presented some policy agenda and operational recommendations. The results were gathered from selected municipalities in Quezon, Southern Leyte, Palawan, and Misamis Occidental.

This engagement aims to review and update existing studies on drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in Southern Palawan and Southern Sierra Madre. Specifically, it shall: 

  • Determine the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on deforestation and forest degradation in the Philippines;
  • Include a gender lens in the review of key drivers, particularly the differentiated roles and impacts of women and youth in deforestation and forest degradation; and
  • Evaluate the implementation status of previous policy and operational recommendations, including identification of barriers and good practices.

Read the Request for Proposals here for more information.

All proposals must be submitted to [email protected] on or before June 13, 2022.

For more information, please contact Rosemarie Joy Quetula, Program Associate for SILG at (+63 2) 8891 0595, (+63 2) 8864 0287, or [email protected]