July 1, 2021

2021 Partners’ Meeting for National Landscape: Growing Futures: Unity in Diversity

Forest Foundation Philippines organized the 1st Partners’ Meeting for National Landscape. With the theme, Growing Futures: Unity in Diversity, it served as a platform for its grantees and partners to share their lessons learned, best practices, and key strategies in implementing forest conservation projects in the landscape. 

It was attended by the Foundation’s grantees: Alternative Law Groups; Association of Foundations; Center for Community Innovations Philippines; Coalition of Municipal Fisherfolk Association in Zamboanga Sibugay; Ms. Cynthia Bauzon-Arre; Evident Strategic Research and Consulting; Green Convergence; International Institute of Rural Reconstruction; Legal Resource Center; Local Government Unit representative of Batanes; Philippine Eagle Foundation; Tanggol Kalikasan; The Ateneo Wild; Tropenbos International; University of the Philippines Los Baños Foundation; and University of the Philippines Los Baños Interdisciplinary Center for Water.

Government agencies, local government units, and other stakeholders were also consulted during the partners’ meeting to chart potential pathways beyond the implementation of Foundation’s 5-year Results Framework. Together, they discussed current challenges in forest protection and conservation, and mapped out potential areas for collaborative action. 

Representatives from the following agencies and organizations shared their plans and programs, and recommendations for the Foundation’s next 5-year grant program: Ayala Land; Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources; Department of Education; Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Biodiversity Management Bureau and Forest Management Bureau; Energy Development Corporation; Local Government Academy; National Commission on Indigenous Peoples; University of the Philippines Los Baños College of Forestry and Natural Resource; and Yale University Environmental Leadership and Training Initiative.

Since 2017, the Foundation has been implementing its Results Framework. Its overall, long-term goal is the protection and sustainable management of Philippine forests and its biodiversity.  

Forest Foundation Philippines, established in 2002 under Tropical Forest Conservation Agreement signed by the governments of the United States of America and the Philippines, is a non-profit organization that provides grants to organizations that empower the people to protect and conserve the forests.