Livelihood Projects

Livelihood Projects

We offer alternative livestyles to former poachers and lumberjacks to protect the forest

We try to offer alternative lifestyles to former poachers and lumberjacks to protect the forest.

| our Aim |

We want to reduce the destruction of the outstanding biodiversity by local people by offering them alternative ways for living.

Precautionary development of the upland communities living near or inside the forest is a prerequisite for conservation. Therefore, a number of livelihood projects have been provided over the years by PhilinCon, for instance:

  • pig breeding
  • water buffalo and cattle breeding
  • poultry breeding
  • sloping agriculture land technology
  • fruit and timber tree nursing/afforestation
  • planting high-quality crops
  • cultivation of ginger
  • basket composting
  • land irrigation

The contracted participants agree to not use the forest for timber and wildlife hunting anymore. Violation results in the withdrawal of funding by the contractor/implementer.

Reforestation with native tree species

| Our Activities |

We support local people for a living by showing alternative livelihoods than illegal using resources of the rainforest.

Participants are enlightened about the projects and the associated technology by PhilinCon’s staff who also provide environmental education. The project’s vet oversees the animal husbandry and health through vaccination and health monitoring. The income generated through the various projects is intended to enable the participating families to leave the forest undamaged while exploiting it sustainably, for instance, through collecting of seedlings for the nurseries. The latter are sold to the stakeholders partaking in the nursery and afforestation schemes, thus generating income in yet another way.

Transport of confiscated illegal timber © PhilinCon
Tree seedling in our nursery
Pig pen

| project costs |

Each project is typically worth between 400 to 800 USD depending on the sustainability of financial support secured through PhilinCon.

| Average duration per project |

A single project lasts typically one to two years. During this time seed money is given in installments to the contracted participants with detailed contracts forged between PhilinCon and both the respective barangay councils and the participant families.