Partners & Sponsors
Center for Batangas Studies, De La Salle Lipa
Administered by the Office of Research and Publications, the DLSL-CBS offers seminars and workshops for developing high-quality research outputs that address pressing socio-economic and environmental issues in Batangas. The center also documents the rich traditions, history, and culture of Batangueňos, thus developing a library of materials that showcases local identity. The work it produces from partnering with internal and external stakeholders is disseminated to local government and business towards development of the province.
GeiserMaclang Marketing Communications Inc.
For 20 years, GeiserMaclang has worked with some of the biggest names in the Philippines across a diverse field of industries, elevating public perception of brands beyond just their products and services with the core philosophy of “Doing Well by Doing Good.” Fueled by strategic communications based on consumer insights, market analysis, and business intelligence, GeiserMaclang’s campaigns are designed to turn into movements that disrupt the status quo, change beliefs, and shift perceptions. Among their recent triumphs was “The Splendor of Philippine Biodiversity: The Riches of the Philippines Above and Below Water”, a webinar with Manila House featuring the Mindoro Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc. (MBCFI) and the Malampaya Foundation Inc. (MFI) to raise awareness about our native giant clams and the endemic, critically endangered tamaraw.
Philippine Botanical Art Society
The Philippine Botanical Art Society (PhilBAS) was founded on September 4, 2019 by Bing Famoso, a visual artist and advocate of Philippine endemic flora and fauna species through art. It was also co-founded by Dr. Edwin Tadiosa, Dany Tandang, and John Rey Callado, museum researchers, and scientists from the National Museum of Natural History.
PhilBAS envisions a Philippine art community dedicated to creating artworks of indigenous and endemic flora. In this way, PhilBAS aims to create awareness among Filipinos about these species (many of which are threatened) and their conservation. It likewise aims to revive the botanical art style and encourage Filipino artists to paint native flora in this form.
Philippine Taxonomic Initiative
The Philippine Taxonomic Initiative, Inc. is a non-government organization which traces its humble beginnings back to El Nido Palawan, where it was established in 2018. The organization firmly believes in the advancement of taxonomic studies as a powerful tool towards effective protection and conservation of our habitats and ecosystems. PTI empowers early career botanists and taxonomists to realize their full potential through active participation in taxonomic and ecological research in the Philippines. Through studies in areas such as Nueva Ecija, Palawan, Aurora, and Camarines Norte, the organization has contributed to the discovery of numerous new species of plants such as the helmet orchid Corybas circinatus and the voodoo lily Amorphophallus caudatus. At present, PTI furthers its advocacy through extensive collaboration with the media, artists, local communities, and various other stakeholders.
Co’s Digital Flora of the Philippines
Co’s Digital Flora of the Philippines (CDFP; www.philippineplants.org) is an online checklist of all known native and naturalized vascular plant species of the Philippines. With citizen scientists and the taxonomic scientific community in its engine room, CDFP is continually updated to provide a real-time overview of the composition of the Philippine flora. The checklist includes synonyms, general distribution information, and references to the scientific literature. CDFP is richly illustrated with over 70,000 in-situ plant photos, representing c. 45% of the c. 10,000 native and naturalized plant species in the country.
Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment
Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) is a network of non-government organizations (NGOs), grassroots organizations, and environmental advocates based in the Philippines. Kalikasan is the Filipino (the national language of the Philippines) term for ‘nature’. Acting as a nationwide campaign center on a broad spectrum of environmental concerns since its founding on November 25, 1997, Kalikasan PNE places primacy on addressing environmental issues from the perspective of advancing the welfare of the grassroots-level populace foremost. Kalikasan PNE believes that the struggle for the environment is the struggle for the people’s welfare, and frames its campaigns, advocacy, education, and international network initiatives accordingly.
PANATANG LUNTIAN is a pledge to hold the line for people and planet. The campaign aims to facilitate the audience’s journey towards bigger, bolder actions in defense of the environment by demonstrating the interconnectedness of our lives lived in nature, and the triumphs of people defending together nature’s last ecological frontiers.
Forest Foundation Philippines
Established in 2002 under two bilateral agreements between the governments of the United States of America and the Philippines, the Forest Foundation Philippines is a nonprofit organization that provides grants to organizations that empower the people to protect and conserve forests. The Foundation advocates for the use of native trees in forest restoration and conservation projects to recover and expand habitats for native species of plants and animals, protect watershed and freshwater resources, improve natural landscapes, connect forest fragments, provide livelihood opportunities for forest-dependent communities, and preserve cultural heritage.
Environmental Leadership and Training Initiative
The Environmental Leadership & Training Initiative (ELTI) is a capacity development program of Yale University that trains and supports people from all sectors and backgrounds to restore and conserve tropical forest landscapes. Yale-ELTI particularly emphasizes strategies that enhance biodiversity and human livelihoods. In the Philippines, the Yale-ELTI program is implemented by Visayas State University (VSU) through a partnership with Yale and promotes “Rainforestation” – the use of native species in forest restoration and degraded land rehabilitation.
Visayas State University
Visayas State University (VSU), located in Baybay, Leyte, has numerous research and conservation programs dedicated to plant diversity and conservation. These include: a comprehensive biodiversity assessment of the trees, palms, mosses, woody lianas, and epiphytes of Mt. Pangasugan; ecological assessment, distribution, and taxonomy of Philippine Aquilaria in the Leyte and Biliran islands; germination studies, clonal propagation, and nursery management of selected native tree species; establishment and maintenance of arboretum and tree parks; and restoration through rainforestation and forest landscape restoration approaches.
Far Eastern University
The Department of Biological Sciences of Far Eastern University has a broad research agenda from the fields of microbiology to physiology with a particular focus on the taxonomy, phylogenetics, and ecology of Philippine flora and fauna. A concentration on botanical research is advocated by faculty researchers which has been supported via the establishment of the FEU Herbarium (FEUH) that also houses a molecular laboratory dedicated for these studies. Conventional and modern methods are systematically employed in the discovery of new species, resolving phylogenetic mysteries, and establishing biogeographic and evolutionary histories of selected focal groups including macrofungi, algae, gingers, and dipterocarps.
Philippine Parks and Biodiversity
The Philippine Parks and Biodiversity is a non-profit, non-governmental organization whose primary focus is to conserve and protect Philippine biodiversity by empowering rangers and local grassroots communities at the forefront of conservation. The organization promotes the sustainable development of parks and protected areas as well as the restoration of ecosystems for present and future generations. Philippine Parks and Biodiversity works hand in hand with rangers, indigenous communities, citizens, civil society, the private sector, the academe, and our government – adopting a dynamic, multi-stakeholder approach to conservation.
DENR Biodiversity Management Bureau
Plant conservation is one of the mandates of the Biodiversity Management Bureau. The BMB formulates plans, policies, and programs to sustainably conserve and manage wild plants and
their habitats, in this way halting loss of Philippine plant diversity and ensuring its perpetual existence to meet the present and future needs of the Filipino People and the global community.
Raxenne Maniquiz is a graphic designer and illustrator from the Philippines. Her work depicts images of flora and fauna—mostly the kind endemic to her country—drawn with deep, painterly
strokes and brilliant contrasts. These finely textured illustrations appear in brand campaigns, product packaging, apparel design, stationery, and published materials. She has worked on projects for Adobe, Bloomberg, Dr. Martens, Jordan, M.A.C. Cosmetics, Stefan Sagmeister, and Uniqlo to name a few.
Energy Development Corporation
BINHI is the nationwide greening program of the Energy Development Corporation (EDC). Its aim is to restore denuded forests, preserve and propagate threatened native tree species, and protect biodiversity to leave a legacy of a verdant Philippines for the next generation.
The positive impact BINHI has accomplished thus far is only made possible with the cultivation of strong partnerships with local communities, academe, government agencies, and private institutions. It provides opportunities for stakeholders to participate in reforestation and biodiversity enhancement efforts. Through its livelihood programs, BINHI has also empowered
forest and farmer communities in terms of food security and income generation. As part of EDC’s environmental advocacy, BINHI seeks to encourage more people to join the conversation
about climate change and the environment.