CEPF's investment in the Philippines Biodiversity Hotspot was guided by the following strategic directions as outlined in the ecosystem profile.

  1. Improve linkage between conservation investments to multiply and scale up benefits on a corridor scale in Sierra Madre, Eastern Mindanao and Palawan.
    • 1.1 Encourage corridor-level natural-resource conservation efforts led by civil society.
    • 1.2 Support building of alliances between civil society groups and projects favoring corridor-level conservation.
    • 1.3 Support corridor-wide mapping and tracking of conservation investments.
    • 1.4 Strengthen communication and information sharing advantageous to corridor conservation.
  2. Build civil society's awareness of the myriad benefits of conserving corridors of biodiversity.
    • 2.1 Build civil society's understanding of the rationale and mechanisms for achieving corridor-level conservation of biodiversity.
    • 2.2 Support initiatives that demonstrate or document benefits of corridor-level conservation.
    • 2.3 Build capacity of civil society to assess costs and benefits of options for natural resource use.
  3. Build capacity of civil society to advocate for better corridor and protected area management and against development harmful to conservation.
    • 3.1 Facilitate sharing of lessons learned from conservation efforts within each corridor.
    • 3.2 Build, through civil society, the capacity of local government to properly manage protected areas.
    • 3.3 Support civil society in efforts to influence or mitigate development that will negatively affect biodiversity.
    • 3.4 Build capacity of civil society to participate in development and implementation of management plans for protected areas.
    • 3.5 Support civil society in promoting new protected areas within selected corridors.
    • 3.6 Support initiatives to increase civil society's understanding of laws affecting corridor-level conservation.
    • 3.7 Build capacity of civil society to monitor, document, and report the impact of extractive industries.
    • 3.8 Build capacity of civil society to monitor natural resource use and conservation.
    • 3.9 Support civil society initiatives which improve effectiveness of the Wildlife Act.
    • 3.10 Support initiatives to evaluate and improve existing policies and laws affecting biodiversity conservation.
  4. Establish an emergency response mechanism to help save Critically Endangered species.
    • 4.1 Support projects that help conserve the habitat of Critically Endangered species or mitigate threats to their survival.
    • 4.2 Support activities to highlight the extinction crisis in the Philippines and enlist civil society in species conservation.

Read more about CEPF's strategy in the hotspot in our ecosystem profile (PDF - 1.7 MB).