Philippine Initiative For Conservation of the Environment And The People



Our vision is building a future for Panay, in which the people of the Philippines have the knowledge, capacity, and the will for a sustainable use of the natural resources, the conservation of the unique biodiversity the rainforest offers, and a tenable future growth.


Our mission is to protect and preserve the remaining rainforests and endangered species of the Philippines, particularly those on Panay Island. We help via programs for endangered species and reforestation, capacity building, creating alternate sources of income for locals, and assisting law enforcement.

PhilinCon is a nonprofit organization dedicated to environmental conservation on the Philippines in general. Our main concern is the protection, preservation, and rehabilitation of the country’s few remaining forests and endangered endemic plants and wildlife. We are particularly interested in Panay, in the Western Visayas region.


Our beautiful, partly primary rainforest needs protection from illegal poachers and loggers: Rainforests are very important for our air production and climate. Rainforests create space for almost half of all animals and plants of the planet.

Through us you can save our rainforest! Help us saving!


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Typhoon Ursula: 24.12.19

A typhoon has made landfall over the Philippines at Christmas. Especially affected was the island of Panay where PhilinCon employees live. Luckily our employees are well but the typhoon caused a lot of destruction which is now being removed by our Forest Rangers.

Loren Legarda: guest at RUhr-University Bochum

A Philippine delegation led by Senator Loren Legarda, Vice-speaker of the Philippine House of Representatives, visited the RUB on the 15 October 2019. After a talk given by Senator Legarda, the RUB and the delegation signed a mutual agreement to promote exchange in teaching and research.

New Team Member

We are happy to announce: Javie Barcinal is our new employee for internal communication and education. He is a founder of the dulungan youth, a journalist and photographer. Further, we are delighted to announce our new volunteer in the German team: Sandra Neuhäuser. 

For more news visit our News Page.

Our Projects

Guarding of Nests

We hire guards to protect the nests of birds from poachers who sell the chicks as well as adult birds for profit. Poachers are reducing the populations indirectly by destroying the nests by logging trees. Birds like the Philippine Walden's Hornbill are important seed dispersers.

rescue centers

We operate three rescue centers in northwest Panay. Confiscated poached birds and other injured animals are cared for until being healthy and then released back into the wild.

Forest Rangers

We employ rangers to monitor the forest for illegal activities, like poaching, illegal hunting, and logging, the illegal cutting down of trees.


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 a complex ecosystem in a tropical setting on an archipelago that ranks first in the world in terms of biodiversity per unit surface area.

Livelihood projects

We offer alternative lifestyles to people who would otherwise 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.


We have seedling nurseries with over 25.000 seedlings of native trees to be planted at the edge of the forests to win backspace for the forest. Also, we try to reconnect forest areas that have been disconnect by logging.

Threatened Treasures

The last significant stands of primary, low elevation rainforest in the biogeographic region of the West Visayas, located on the north-western peninsula of Panay, is the habitat of a range of highly endangered, partly endemic species of frogs, reptiles, birds and mammals. It is one of the biodiversity hotspots with the highest conservation priorities in the world, both in terms of the number of endangered flora and fauna per unit area, and the degree of the threat these species confront. The biodiversity per unit area reached in the Philippines is globally unsurpassed.