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The islands of the Philippines are home to over 20,000 unique species found nowhere else on Earth. These lifeforms are utterly dependent on the equally unique island habitats that sustain them. Ongoing efforts to engage communities around conservation and responsible natural resource management must be strengthened to protect this region.

El Nido, Philippines. Photo by Fabian Irsara.

Philippines's Ecology

Climate change and deforestation are twin threats to people and nature in the Philippines. More than half of the Philippines tree cover has been lost to industrial logging at the same time millions of families have been displaced by storms of increasing frequency and severity. And yet, these challenges can be met and overcome if the Philippines remaining natural wealth is protected for the benefit of all life. Opportunities abound for the conservation of nature in this island nation. Taking advantage of these will create resilient human communities embedded in an abundant and dazzling web of life. 

Half (Mission Achieved)

Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.

Can Reach Half

Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.

Could Be Restored

Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.


Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.

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Coastal waters, Philippines. Photo by Rhys McKay.
Hundred Islands National Park

Geologists believe these 124 islands (123 during high tide) are 2 million years old. Ancient coral reefs abound here, extending inland in this largely undeveloped area.

Old growth forest, Philippines. Photo by Ivan Torres.
Initao-Libertad National Park

Ecotourism plays a role in the protected area where the Lasang Secret Adventure Park helps protect the last remaining stand of old-growth forest in the province.

Rafflesia, Philippines. Photo by Steve Cornish.
Balbalasang-Balbalan National Park

Containing some of the most intact pine forests remaining in the Philippines, this protected area is also home to a newly discovered species of flower: the Rafflesia.

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