Philippine Initiative For Conservation of Environment And The People

PhilinCon

Vision

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.

Mission

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.

 

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Our Projects

Guarding of Nests

We hire guards to protect the nests birds, which are important seed disperser, like the Philippine Walden's Hornbill.

rescue centers

We maintain rescue centers in NW Panay. Confiscated or donated birds and other endangered animals are cared for until they are able to fend for themselves upon release.

Forest Rangers

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

Research

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 for example poultry breeding, sloping agriculture or fruit and timber tree nursing.

reforestation

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 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 threat these species confront. The biodiversity per unit area reached in the Philippines is globally unsurpassed.