Conserving a tribe's sacred forest

Grantee Tribes and Nature Defenders, Inc.
Type Primary rainforest and karst caves, Philippine eagle; myriad of endemic species
Location Philippines
Grant Amount $15,000 in 2019; $21,000 in 2020

A grant to the Tribe in 2019 allowed them to conserve 50 hectares of their sacred forest. A second grant made in 2020 will protect an additional 70 hectares of primary forest that would have otherwise been sold to outside developers. The community reports that unfortunately much of the forest was lost during the COVID-19 pandemic as many people sold their share of forest; the forest previously protected by the QRFN grant is remaining as they have been able to secure and protect purchased land.