At the last Board of Trustees Meeting for 2015, the Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation, Inc. (PTFCF) approved seven grants that will seek to strengthen forest conservation in identified key biodiversity areas, critical watersheds and local conservation areas in the country.
Amounting to 10 million pesos, activities that are firmly grounded on science and community approaches will be implemented by civil society organizations and local stakeholders to pave for more efficient and effective forest protection and natural resource management, capacity building, as well as restoration and sustainable use of forest resources. Livelihood support for communities will also be provided in consonance with forest conservation.
Projects that have received favorable evaluation from PTFCF’s Trustees were from:
- International Institute for Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) for “Enhancing ecosystem services of Maulawin Spring Protected Landscape” in Guinyangan, Quezon.
- Mindoro Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Inc. (MBCFI) for “Ilin and Ambulong Islands Forest Conservation Project” in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro.
- Kabang Kalikasan ng Pilipinas Foundation, Inc. for “Strengthening the Alliance for Conservation and Restoration through Education in Bud Bongao” in Tawi-tawi.
- Enterprise Works Worldwide Philippines, Inc. for “Bulalacao Watershed Management Plan Project” in El Nido, Palawan.
- Tanim Kalikasan for “Project Green Shield (Setting up of Threats Monitoring and Protection System in the 12, 377 ha High Conservation Value Area)” in the northern parts of Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape and Kaliwa Watershed Forest Reserve.
- “Enhancing Institutional Agreement on the National Greening Program” – A research on the CSO partnership agreement for the NGP.
- Biodiversity Management Bureau/Studio 5, Inc. for the reprint of the coffee table book, “Treasures of the Philippine Wild.”
These proposals met the criteria for evaluation, such as but not limited to: 1) conservation value and manageability of proposed project site; 2) direct impact on forest conservation; 3) sustainability of action; 4) consistency among objectives, methods and outcomes; 5) stakeholder engagement; 6) cost effectiveness and 7) track record of proponent.
These projects will be implemented soon after grant negotiations and signing are conducted.