Credit: Quick Response Fund for Nature

Saving Mount Alik Sacred Forest in the Philippines

Organization Higa-onon tribe
Realm Indomalaya

The Project Marketplace is organized by the major terrestrial realms divided into 14 biogeographical regions – N. America, Subarctic America, C. America, S. America, Afrotropics, Indomalaya, Australasia, Oceania, Antarctica, and the Palearctic realm, which coincides with Eurasia and is divided into Subarctic, Western, Central, Eastern, and Southern regions.

Project Type Nature Conservation

There are five main project categories: Energy Transition focuses on renewable energy access and energy efficiency. Nature Conservation includes wildlife habitat protection and ecosystem restoration, as well as indigenous land rights. Regenerative Agriculture supports farmers, ranchers and community agriculture. Climate Change covers global science efforts, climate adaptation, and social justice work.

Status Open

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Funding Level $

A single $ indicates a small project requiring $50,000 or less.

Timeframe Ongoing

The Philippines is a global biodiversity hotspot, and only 4% of native habitat remains. The Higa-onon tribe on the island of Mindanao is seeking to purchase primary forest that is both sacred and immediately threatened. Funding would purchase the rights to the land and transfer it to the tribe for long-term management.

The site is a rare example of primary karstic forest, with incredible value for biodiversity conservation. Hundreds of caves provide homes for bats and swifts, and the remaining forest is home to colugos, tarsier, possibly Philippine Eagle, and a huge number of reptiles and amphibians, some of which may be undiscovered.

Covid-19 has brought about additional challenges, and the tribe has witnessed increased destruction of the forest by outside interests as owners sell off parcels. However, the tribe has been able to protect a parcel secured by a 2019 QRFN donation and would like to expand the amount of forest that is formally protected.

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