History

Center for Conservation Innovations is a biodiversity conservation NGO that aims to promote the development of new biodiversity conservation approaches and regenerative livelihoods by developing partnerships and building capacities for science-based, nature-inspired, and socially appropriate conservation strategies. CCI PH aims to be a consolidator and broker of conservation capacity, innovations and successes.

CCI is the new legal local entity that evolved from the Fauna and Flora International Philippines (FFI PH). CCI will continue the program of work of FFI in the Philippines as an independent NGO.

While CCI may be a new organization, it carries with it the same FFI PH team with the experience, expertise and competencies in REDD Plus. The same team that have been one of the prime movers of the crafting of the Philippines National Redd Plus Strategy (PNRPS) in 2010 and eventually became the convenor of CODEREDD from 2013 to 2015. CODEREDD is the major conglomeration of CSO and government agencies that led the process of finalizing the PNRPS.

At the project level, our team has implemented and co-implemented REDD+ projects in the Philippines, in General Nakar, Quezon Province and in Aramaywan in Quezon, Palawan. These projects have been supported by the European Commission. We have also provided technical support to several government-led REDD+ projects in the Philippines, specifically to DENR-GIZ’s REDD+ project in Leyte and DENR-USAID’s B+WISER program by conducting biodiversity baseline assessments and carbon assessment, respectively.

Currently, CCI provides technical support and organizational capacity development on various aspects of biodiversity conservation. CCIPH is also collaborating with a number of individuals and organizations including national and local governments units to enhance their biodiversity conservation lenses both technically and organizationally. CCIPH deploys a wide-range of expertise and respond to various needs in conservation work and organization development. Specifically, CCI has provides the skills and knowledge, to identify conservation targets and its measures, enhancement of protected area management plans, identification of High Conservation Value Areas, community and livelihood enterprise development, species distribution modelling, provision of technical support on the roll-out of the LAWIN Forest and Biodiversity Protection System (a landscape and wildlife threats monitoring and reporting system), in the establishment of the Philippines’ forest MRV. CCIPH also helps strengthen biodiversity and analytical skills of academic institutions and students by providing the ecological assessment tools and skills training.

Four Core Programs:

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Innovate– This is our research and development program. Under this program we:

  • Develop mobile applications on landscape and wildlife threats monitoring
  • Conduct High Conservation Value Areas Assessments
  • Assist in Identifying Measurable and Reportable Biodiversity Conservation Targets

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Protect- This is our species and habitats conservation program. Under this program we:

  • Identify survival envelopes of critically endangered species or fragile ecosystems
  • Assist in the developments of species

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Empower- This is our capacity building program. Under this program we:

  • Work towards the recognition of local indigenous peoples system of management of their ancestral land and seas
  • Facilitate and organise rehabilitation and ecosystem stability through family-based approaches

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Sustain- This is our business and biodiversity program. We engage business sectors to achieve no net loss on biodiversity. Under this program we:

  • Assist in the development of mitigation plans to achieve no net loss or identify biodiversity offsets

CCI is supporting the following on-going projects in the Philippines:

  1. Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience Project (B+WISER)
- DENR -USAID
  2. Refining Biodiversity Conservation targets in High Value Conservation Areas (HCVA) in the Mt. Nacolod Landscape (South Pacific Integrated Area Development Foundation Inc. and Foundation for the Philippine Environment
  3. High Conservation Value Areas Assessment in South Western Mindanao (Buldon and Talayan Municipalities) – Hineleban Foundation Inc.
  4. Negros bleeding-heart Pigeon (Gallicolumba keayi) Survey in Southern Negros – Bristol Zoological Society
  5. High Conservation Areas Assessment in Southern Negros – Energy Development Corporation
  6. Developing Models of Local Indigenous Marine Management in the Philippines – Fauna and Flora International
  7. Crafting Opportunities in Reef Areas for Life Necessities – Fauna and Flora International Inc.
  8. Facilitating and Organizing Rehabilitation and Ecosystem Stability Through Family-Based Approaches (FOREST Families) – Philippines Disaster Resilience Foundation Inc.
  9. Philippine Cinnamon Conservation Project – Cebu Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc. and Fauna and Flora International