Philippines - Haribon Foundation

BirdLife Partner

Founded in 1972
400 members
Staff: 50
Santos & Sons Building, 973 Aurora Blvd, Quezon City, PH, 1109


Mission of the organisation

Haribon is a membership organisation committed to nature conservation through community empowerment and scientific excellence.

Key Activities


Haribon hopes to attain this vision by:

  • Strengthening community-based resource management through community organizing, sustainable livelihood development, and community empowerment
  • Building a broad constituency for biodiversity conservation through membership development, communication and public awareness raising, alliance building and networking, and advocacy
  • Conducts scientific and developmental and participatory research studies using globally- and locally-accepted standards for biodiversity conservation
  • Establishing an education and training institution on natural resource management with world-class standards
  • Strengthening the institution through staff development, upgrade of facilities, establishment of “Pugad” Haribon or Haribon house, and by continuously improving its policies and procedures
  • Developing proactive and responsive policy advocacy mechanisms
  • Developing financial sustainability mechanisms


Integrating Forest Conservation with Local Governance in the Philippines Project

A 4-year project that started in 2001 and will end in 2005. It aims to improve conservation of important areas through integration with local development planning and strengthening of local governance, raise the awareness of local people and local government on issues of forest protection and conservation. From the 117 IBA sites, the project was able to shortlist 3 primary sites and 3 secondary sites based on these criteria: biological importance, socio-economic importance, probability of success and institutional capacity. Among its major contributions was the integration of forest management plans in the local development agenda (Funded by the European Commission in partnership with BirdLife International).

Promoting Community-based Rainforestation in the Provinces of Antique, Bukidnon and Occidental Mindoro

A 3-year project that was an offshoot of the IFCLGP Project. It started in February 2004 and will end in February 2006. It attempts to restore deforested areas using indigenous tree species which is more consistent with biodiversity conservation strategies such as protected area management and natural regeneration. Its sites include Antique, Bukidnon, and Sablayan (Funded by the European Commission and the Government of New Zealand).

Community-based Mangrove Management Project

A 2-year project proposed by the Samahang Pangkaunlaran ng San Salvador, a people’s organization of fisher folks. It started in 2004 and will end in 2006. It aims to ensure the sustainability, conservation, and management of mangrove resources along the island through participatory community-based coastal resource management. It is implemented in San Salvador Island, Masinloc, Zambales (Funded by the UNDP–GEF–RNE Small Grants Programme).

Lanuza Baywide Participatory Marine Sanctuary Monitoring Project (Technical inputs to PAMANA)

The organization Pambansang Alyansa ng Maliliit na Mangingisda at Komunidad na Nangangalaga ng Karagatan at Sanktwaryo sa Pilipinas (PAMANA Ka sa Pilipinas) is the biggest legacy of the Building a National Community of Local Coastal Resource Managers in the Philippines project. The organization PAMANA was envisioned as a nation-wide network of MPAs and their managers. It aims to enhance capability of Marine Protected Area managers to effectively manage the MPAs in their area (Funded by The David and Lucille Packard Foundation).

Threatened Species Program (TSP)

A 5-year project that started in 2002 and will conclude in 2006. It is concerned with the conservation of threatened species and their habitats in the Philippines (Funded by the Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund (CEPF).

Awareness-raising, Networking, Education, and Support Mobilization (A NEST) Project

A 2-year project that started in December 2003 and ended in November 2005. It aimed to involve a wider public in biodiversity conservation to help mitigate the rapid loss of biodiversity in the Philippines (Funded by the Royal Netherlands Embassy).

Developing a Resource Manual on Environmental and Social Valuation for Local Decision-making in Important Biodiversity Areas Project

An 11-month project that started in August 2004 and ended July 2005. It aimed to strengthen and build adequate capability of local stakeholders to make informed decisions and intelligent engagement in reviewing development-related interventions in their locality especially on mining projects and biodiversity issues. Funded by the Royal Netherlands Embassy.

Environmental Laws Project

A 7-month project that started in October 2004 and ended April 2005. It aimed to enhance understanding on environmental laws among local judges. Funded by the Royal Netherlands Embassy and the UNDP-GEF-RNE Small Grants Programme.


Recent Achievements

  • The 2003 Panibagong Paraan Award, UNDP-sponsored award for the project Community-based Mangrove Management in San Salvador Island, Masinloc, Zambales
  • The 2002 Manila Critics Circle National Book Award for the book “Key Conservation Sites in the Philippines”. A Haribon Foundation and BirdLife International publication that lists 117 important bird areas all over the Philippines. This publication is highly recommended especially for environmental legislators and policy makers to be adapted in their priority areas/ sites
  • The 2002 National Academy of Science and Technology Outstanding Book Award for the book “Key Conservation Sites in the Philippines”
  • The 2002 Gintong Aklat Award for the book “Key Conservation Sites in the Philippines”
  • The 2001 Catholic Mass Media Award for Best Website

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