Philippine Initiative for Environmental Conservation
“WE PREServe the biodiversity and environment of the Philippine rainforest for future generations – our vision is to create a sustainable future”
CHRISTIAN SCHWARZ –
scientific & managing director
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| Our Projects |
We operate three rescue centers in Northwest Panay, where confiscated poached birds and other injured animals are cared for until they are healthy. When our care is no longer necessary, they are released back into the wild.
We employ rangers to monitor the forest for illegal activities such as poaching and logging. The rangers play a very big part in protecting the rainforest - the rare giant trees and extinction prone animals like the Visayan Warty Pig and the Walden's Hornbill.
We hire locals as nest guards to protect the nests of birds from poachers who would sell the chicks and adult birds for profit. Poachers additionally reduce indirectly the birds’ populations - they destroy the nests. Birds like the Philippine Walden's Hornbill are important for the preservation of the local fauna, since they are seed dispersers.
The focus of our research is the conservation of endangered species to ensure their occurrence in the wild. Also, we educate children in schools and show them the threatend biodiversity of Panay's rainforests.
We have seedling nurseries with over 25,000 seedlings of native trees to be planted at the edge of the forests to win back space for the forest. Also, we try to reconnect forest areas that have been disconnected by logging.
We offer alternative lifestyles to people who would have to rely on illegal activities to support their families. There are several ongoing projects, like poultry breeding, sloping agriculture or fruit, and timber tree nursing.
Our beautiful, partly primary rainforest needs protection from poachers and illegal loggers: Rainforests are very important for our climate. Rainforests create space for almost half of all animals and plants of the planet.
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Media, Movies & Press
Nice articles in german language were published: pdf-download: newspaper articles in RUBIN
Javie and his friend Stance, a filmographer made a brilliant movie about the Rangers and the Rainforest.
And some gardening and biology action and knowlegde from our Partner Stadt Park Garten on from march: https://biosphaere.ruhr/events/
| OUR FLAGSHIP & THE BIG 5 |
The threatened Jewels
The lowland primary rainforest – commonly known as “the typical rainforest” – is the habitat of various highly endangered species. These species include frogs, reptiles, birds, mammals, and invertebrates like insects and molluscs. Philippine rainforests like the one located in the Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park (NPPNP) in the Western Visayas have the highest biodiversity per unit area in the world. Due to the occurring endangered species, the biodiversity of the NPPNP has one of the highest conservation priorities of the world, both in terms of the number of endangered flora and fauna per unit area and in terms of threats.