Jose Don T De Alban, State of Philippine Forest and Important Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)

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State of the Philippine Forest and Important Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)

Round Table Discussion on the Resource Valuation Manual
Quezon City
11 March 2005

Jose Don T. De Alban
Conservation Science Research Department
Haribon Foundation

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Jose Don T De Alban, State of Philippine Forest and Important Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)

  1. 2. State of the Philippine Forest and Important Biodiversity Areas Round Table Discussion on the Resource Valuation Manual Quezon City 11 March 2005 Jose Don T. De Alban Conservation Science Research Department Haribon Foundation
  2. 4. State of Philippine Forests <ul><li>The Philippines needs an ideal 54% of forest cover to maintain its natural ecological processes (Sajise, 1996) </li></ul><ul><li>The Philippines has 23% of forest cover left (NAMRIA, 1988) </li></ul>
  3. 6. <ul><li>8.02% of remaining Philippine forest cover is under existing mining permits* & active timber license agreements** </li></ul><ul><li>37% will potentially be opened to mining if the mining industry is revitalized </li></ul>State of Philippine Forests * as of 29 February 2004 ** as of 30 November 2004
  4. 8. Important Biodiversity Areas <ul><li>In the Philippines, </li></ul><ul><li>a total of 117 </li></ul><ul><li>important biodiversity areas (IBA) </li></ul><ul><li>has been identified, </li></ul><ul><li>using a set of international criteria, </li></ul><ul><li>to determine </li></ul><ul><li>globally significant areas </li></ul><ul><li>for biodiversity conservation </li></ul>
  5. 9. Important Biodiversity Areas <ul><li>95 important biodiversity areas </li></ul><ul><li>(81% of total IBAs) </li></ul><ul><li>are found on forest habitats </li></ul>
  6. 11. <ul><li>18 IBAs are threatened by existing mining permits*, 17 by active TLAs**, and 2 by both </li></ul><ul><li>82 potentially threatened by revitalized mining industry </li></ul>Threats to IBAs * as of 29 February 2004 ** as of 30 November 2004
  7. 13. <ul><li>The Philippines has 18 identified major river basins </li></ul><ul><li>13 out of 18 major river basins have forest cover below 20% of its total area </li></ul>Major Watersheds
  8. 15. <ul><li>The Philippine forest </li></ul><ul><li>is in a critical state </li></ul><ul><li>and the country </li></ul><ul><li>is now in danger of losing </li></ul><ul><li>this vital natural </li></ul><ul><li>resource! </li></ul>
  9. 16. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

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