FIRST PHILIPPINE CONSERVATION, INC.
First Philippine Conservation, Inc. was established on February 9, 1999 to support the work of Conservation International-Philippines (CIP) which is an affiliate of Conservation International (CI), a non-profit organization based in Washington DC, working in 27 countries around the world to promote conservation of the earth's biological diversity. CIP's program is led by Dr. Perry S. Ong, a renowned Filipino environmentalist from the University of the Philippines. CIP's initiatives are: in Palawan, working to ensure that the biodiversity of the forest and marine ecosystems is considered in tourism development zoning; in the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park, helping park authorities to halt encroachment; and in both areas, working with local communities to find ecologically friendly ways of earning income. At the national level, CIP is organizing the first broad conservation priority-setting workshop and promoting the biodiversity corridors approach to connect valuable habitat.