The Center for Conservation Innovation Ph Inc. (CCIPH) is a non-profit NGO that was set up to help enable and accelerate the achievement of effective and sustainable biodiversity conservation. CCIPH is an enabler and aims to be a consolidator and broker of conservation capacity, innovations and successes through the development of partnerships and capacity- building for science-based, nature-inspired, and socially appropriate conservation strategies.
Established in 2015, CCIPH is the new legal local entity that evolved from the Fauna and Flora International Philippines (FFI PH). CCIPH will continue the program of work of FFI in the Philippines as an independent NGO. It therefore carries with it the experience, expertise and competencies of the same FFI PH team that have been one of the prime movers on Addressing Biodiversity Risks, Climate Change Mitigation, Climate Finance, Forest Carbon Financing including Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+).
Currently, CCIPH provides technical support and organizational capacity development on various aspects of biodiversity conservation. CCIPH fosters collaboration with individuals, organizations, and national and local governments units working towards the enhancement of biodiversity conservation practice knowledge, technically and organizationally. CCIPH deploys a wide-range of expertise and responds to various needs in conservation work and organization development. Specifically, it has provided the skills and knowledge in identifying conservation targets and 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 a landscape and wildlife threats monitoring and reporting system, LAWIN Forest and Biodiversity Protection 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.
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Aldrin is a biodiversity conservation specialist with more than 20 years of experience on wildlife conservation, habitat restoration, climate change mitigation and adaptation, strategic planning, environmental program design and evaluation, knowledge management, and capacity building. He is the current president of Center for Conservation Innovation PH.
He was the Country Director (Philippines) for Fauna and Flora International responsible for leading team of 35, managing ca.$1m annual budget, and providing strategic direction of organizations to adopt HCVAs and science-based and evidence-based ecological approach for conservation. He designed and developed Landscapes and Wildlife Indicators (LAWIN) monitoring and management system for USAID’s B+WISER.
He is a prolific researcher and scientific collaborator, publishing more than 30 articles in the past 20; has written seminal and multi-awarded publications that have become the templates for the conservation agenda of the Philippines in the past 15 years such as the Key Conservation Sites of the Philippines, which provides the template for identifying Key Biodiversity Areas in the Philippines (KBA).
Aldrin is also an educator teaching part-time as an Associate Professorial Lecturer at De La Salle University, Manila and a Full Professor at De La Salle University -Dasmarinas.
Mr. Roderick “Ricky” De Castro was the previous Executive Director of TeaM Energy Foundation Inc. (TEFI). In 2004, he joined Team Energy Foundation as the rural electrification program’s Program Manager. He helped implement the Barangay Electrification Assistance for Countryside Development (BEACON) Program in partnership with the Philippine government’s Department of Energy (DoE) and successfully electrified over 300,000 homes in off-grid areas, including the country’s most remote and poorest communities, using power from existing grid lines and solar energy in many cases. This was one of the largest social development projects conducted by a corporate foundation at the time.
He has since gone on to other projects and activities, the most notable of which was the Bridging Leadership Program, a collaboration between Team Energy and the Asian Institute of Management that taught rising leaders in the Bridging Leadership paradigm. As a subject matter expert on community development through sustainable energy and the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility, he has given talks both here and abroad. From 2017 to 2018, Mr. De Castro served as the Chair of the League of Corporate Foundations.
Elma is a certified public accountant, and an active member of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) wherein she was awarded the Outstanding CPA in Public Practice for 2010. She is currently Finance Manager of the Center for Conservation Innovation PH Inc. She helps ensure that the organization achieve its ideals through sound financial reporting and compliance with laws and regulations. She is also an advocate for cooperative movement, a book writer, module developer, and lecturer for Cooperative Accounting and Audit.