July 16, 2015

Conserving the Habitat of Philippine Eagles

PTFCF currently supports the indigenous community-based conservation of “environmentally critical areas” (ECAs) in Southern Mindanao. Implemented by the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF), the project aims to empower two indigenous communities towards the sustainable management of forest biodiversity in at least 5,000 hectares of ECAs within the ancestral domains in the Tagub-Kampalili KBA. This area is the nesting place of the IUCN critically endangered Philippine eagles (Pithecophaga jefferyi), one of the most rare raptors in the world, which have become critically endangered due to habitat loss and degradation. The indigenous groups were capacitated in, among others, the conduct of scoping and composite biodiversity threat mapping; as well as restoration activities such as identification and growing of indigenous trees, nursery establishment and rainforestation, which also serves as an alternative livelihood option for community members.