The Director of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) Wilfrido Pollisco and the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) also played major roles in making the Peablanca expansion a reality.
The Sierra Madre Biodiversity Corridor is a patchwork of protected areas strung along the 1.7-million-hectare mountain range. The Sierra Madre's forests are home to about 45 percent of all the country's plant species and more than half of its Threatened animal species. CI works closely with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and other organizations in the corridor.
Composed of 7,000 island, the Philippines is home to more than 1,100 vertebrate species and 10,000 plant species, making it one of the 17 most biologically diverse, or megadiverse, countries on the planet. But with a population of 84 million, much of the islands' unique habitat is under pressure. Less than 7 percent of the original forest cover is intact and less than 3 percent of the country's old-growth forests remain. This combination of rich and unique biodiversity, combined with extreme threat, make the Philippine's one of the Earth's biodiversity hotspots. The Philippine Sea is equally rich and beleaguered. Home to more than 2,500 species of reef fish and more than 75 percent of the world's coral species, less than 5 percent of its marine ecosystems remain pristine.
"The Philippines is one of the highest priority megadiversity countries and is considered by many to be the hottest of the biodiversity hotspots," said CI President Russell Mittermeier. "For years, researchers have said that the Philippines could be the site of the world's next wave of extinctions. Today's announcement, however, gives us reason for hope and we ap
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