why the projects?
The forests of Panay play an important role as watersheds, in climate control and as protection against erosion and landslides. They are also home of rare, endemic and ecologically important species. The work of PhilinCon includes conservation of the last significant stands of primary, low elevation rainforest in the entire biogeographic region of the West Visayas, located on the Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park. This forest is a seed bank for reforestation of areas already destroyed. The Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park is an area with a range of highly endangered, endemic species of frogs, reptiles, birds and mammals that makes it one of the highest conservation priorities in the world in terms of the number of endangered plants and animals per unit area, and the degree of threat these species confront.
Rehabilitation and release of endangered wildlife in rescue centres in NW Panay: confiscated / donated birds and other endangered wildlife is rehabilitated till being able to fend themselves when released
Research is driven by the genuine interest in the biology of threatened species to improve management conditions in the wild and understand the constraints imposed on survival in the wild. Moreover, it is motivated by the sheer desire to understand the functioning of complex ecosystem in a tropical setting of an archipelago that ranks first in the world in terms of biodiversity per unit surface area.
We give alternative lifestyles to people which do not want to be illegal loggers or hunters anymore. A number of livelihood projects (pig fattening, carabao breeding, poultry breeding, sloping agriculture, fruit and timber tree nursing / outplanting, high value cash crop planting) have been provided.
PhilinCon operates under the aegis of a Memorandum of Agreement with the DENR, and a Gratuitous Permit (GP), enabling us to collect specimens for research and study the relationships of the components of biodiversity. We maintain a research station at 460 m elevation in primary, old growth forest on the peninsula, presently staffed by 3 Filipinos (station officer and caretakers of hornbills), and research students studying various ecological, behavioral, and taxononomic aspects of Panay’s biodiversity.