Board of Trustees
Dr. Arvin C. Diesmos
Chairman of the Board
Atty. Vicky Louise G. Sapguian
Mr. Jimmy A. Cortez Jr.
Dr. Rubie M. Causaren
Board of Trustee
Dr. Jayson Ibañez
Board of Trustee
Mr. Ronald Allan C. Altamirano
Board of Trustee
Dr. Ma. Carmen A. Lagman
Board of Trustee
Mr. Elmer Mercado
Board of Trustee
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 Innovations.
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.
Edmund is a biodiversity conservation specialist with at least 15 years of experience demonstrated knowledge on ecological and high conservation value areas assessments, ecological techniques and analysis, carbon accounting and habitat restoration, ecosystem services accounting and development of community livelihood and enterprise. He co-founded the Center for Conservation Innovation PH in 2015 and is serving as the founding Executive Director of Center for Conservation and Innovations. He managed and co-developed biodiversity conservation projects and REDD+ projects for Fauna & Flora International Philippines’ Biodiversity Conservation Support Programme from 2010 to 2015. A leading member of CoDe REDD Philippines, he helped implement and promote pro-community and pro-conservation REDD+ activities together with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Edmund has written technical reports and co-written publications on biodiversity conservation, High Conservation Value Areas, REDD+ and new species discoveries in the Philippines.
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 Innovations. 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.
Geospatial Solutions Technology
Known to his colleagues as Dr. O, he devotes his conservation work to geospatial science and technology in finding a range of solutions for geospatial issues; specifically, through geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing and digital mapping. He has over 30 years of experience in the application and teaching of cartographic modeling and GIS for: natural resources planning and management; remote sensing applications; biodiversity conservation and monitoring; land use and protected area planning; real estate management; and facilities/utilities management for urban applications. He is involved in geospatial technology applications relevant to climate change policy, forest carbon, site and habitat suitability analysis, terrestrial and marine resources, and ecosystem services. He leads CCIPH in building a team of specialists focusing on solutions (such as innovative geospatial methods) to challenges to conservation. These innovations, as Dr. O believes, will help catalyze humanity’s positive behavioral change towards conservation.
A nature lover, Anji is a Remote Sensing Technologist at the Center for Conservation Innovations. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Geodetic Engineering at the University of the Philippines, Diliman in 2009 and Master’s degree in Conservation Leadership from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom in 2016. She has worked on forest cover and biomass mapping using Remote Sensing and GIS technology as part of the REDD+ Readiness Phase in the Philippines since 2012. Since then, she has been involved in various other projects including mapping high conservation value areas, habitat mapping for biodiversity conservation and mangroves forest mapping. Aside from her mapping expertise, Anji is also a keen on pursuing Creation Care conservation. She is currently an active volunteer in Christians-in-Conservation.
Anji hopes that investments will be directed not only towards the “landscape we want to conserve but also towards the people who are going to take care of its future,” specifically the Gen Z. She is confident that the Gen Z has a lot to contribute in solving the climate crisis and the conservation advocacy.
JC is the team’s guy when it comes to various GIS-based applications used to identify High Conservation Value Areas (HCVAs) for the conceptualization of species and landscape level interventions. He is adept in ecological niche modelling, species geographic distribution patterns, and Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) analysis. He also fulfills the role of the facilitator on GIS trainings conducted with partners to develop local capacity that responds to both local and national needs.
He is also involved in various ecological studies and work with partners in developing monitoring systems using open-source citizen science innovations for biodiversity conservation. He is currently pursuing his post baccalaureate degree in MS Conservation Biology at De La Salle University-Dasmariñas. He earned his degree in BS Biology at the PamantasanngLungsodngMaynila.
According to CJ, his motivation is to work towards a future “where forest loss in the Philippines will decline slowly.”
Reign’s work focuses mainly on geographic information systems-based applications in forestry and biodiversity. She received her graduate degree in Forestry at the University of the Philippines-Los Baños, where she realized the potential and use of geographic data in forest conservation, utilization, management and many other potential utilization She was previously involved in a disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation project in which experienced new spatial data acquisition systems such as LiDAR, which provides a rich information source benefiting different agencies and organizations. Regina loves hiking and enjoys fresh air and beautiful scenery, which she considers great perks that comes with her role in the organization.
Tin’s Degree in Geography has proven to be of great help in her geospatial work, e.g., previous engagement in disaster risk assessment and mitigation. Her participation in such work helped her gain knowledge and experience in the remote sensing method of using a LiDAR system. Working with CCIPH and believing the organization’s thrust, she is inspired to further hone her knowledge and skills in GIS and remote sensing techniques and profoundly contribute to the environment conservation and protection advocacy. She hopes that in the near future, environment conservation initiatives will be effectively implemented through enhanced support from the government sector.
A Geography student at the University of the Philippines – Diliman, Jade’s knowledge in this discipline were useful in her earlier stints with different government programs. Most of her previous projects focused on disaster risk assessment and mitigation, as well as livelihood optimization for industries most affected by climate change. These experiences furthered her knowledge and skills on GIS application. Jade supports the organization through her mapping skills and GIS techniques – focusing on exploring the use of remotely-piloted vehicle systems which added to the organization’s arsenal of geospatial tools.
What she loves the most about her role is the opportunity to combine visual aesthetics of mapping with data accuracy and visualization when off-field. She also enjoys meeting new people, getting a peek at the lives of the locality, and the magnificent sights during fieldwork. Jade strongly believes that if conservation initiatives today will remain consistent in 10 years, citizen participation in conservation would not be an advocacy but the norm.
Audrey is a project manager currently conducting carbon stock assessments in various sites in the Philippines with a team of multidisciplinary specialists. She holds a graduate degree in MSc. Environmental Science and Ecosystem Management and BSc. Legal Management. She worked on the Update of the Philippine National REDD+ Strategy and co-produced a High Conservation Values Assessment in Southwestern Mindanao. Audrey is also an Assistant Professorial Lecturer at De La Salle University-Manila and a part-time faculty at The ONE School and at the SoFA Design Institute. Her research interests include Sustainability, Environmental Science and Policy, Natural Resource Management and Ecosystem Valuation, and Science Education and Communication. A realist, Audrey sees a bleak future for the conservation advocacy movement if we don’t make conservation work today. She believes that it is imperative that we continue to work towards ensuring that we still have a habitable earth for us and the next generation to thrive in, not just survive.
As a research assistant for Center for Conservation Innovations PhInc, James currently conducts carbon stock assessments in various urban forest sites in the Philippines. He recently earned his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the Ateneo de Manila University. He served as in intern for Environmental Science for Social Change, where has partaken in the creation of a monitoring plan that promotes sustainable practices among its members. He plans to take up his masters in the related field and enrich his research interest in areas such as sustainability, Science Communication, environmental management, System Dynamics Modelling, and climate change.
One thing that James love about his line of work is that he can experience both desk work and fieldwork. He is hopeful that more organizations will have the initiative to incorporate conservation in their structure and practice in the immediate future; and more individuals will sincerely care and do something for the environment.
Jen works as a Project Officer specializing in the integrated use of biodiversity assessment techniques for imperfect detection of animals and spatial distribution modeling. Her research interests include conservation management of wildlife populations and landscape ecology to identify remaining suitable habitats of threatened Philippine species. Jen received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology major in Wildlife Biology at University of the Philippines Los Baňos. She is currently taking her Master’s Degree in Biology major in Conservation Biology at De La Salle University, Dasmariňas. She has never been an outdoor kind of gal and saw a very different career track. Fortunately, her curiosity towards toward natural processes, interaction between plants and animals, and their environment led her to working with CCIPH. Jen is a staunch advocate of Citizen Science.
Adryon is CCIPH’s conservation biologist. Her projects are focused on human and wildlife conflicts resolution and habitat loss and degradation in the Philippines. She is also part of the technical team responsible for creating mobile and web-based applications used to establish, measure and monitor forest and wildlife conditions. She graduated with a degree in Biology from St. Scholastica’s College and is currently taking her graduate studies at De La Salle University, Manila.
Adryon loves that her work with CCIPH is very dynamic. She is grateful to have the privilege to work with and meet some “great people of science.” To achieve a reformed environment in the near future, she believes that nations should intensify efforts to safeguard what has left of natural habitats
Dennis is a Project Officer focusing on avifaunal, carbon stock and High Conservation Value Area assessments projects. With more than eight years of experience in setting up campsites, establishing transects, identifying species, and monitoring landscapes, Dennis is the organization’s designated Camp Manager and Drone Pilot.
Wyne is a Project Officer specializing on the use of High Conservation Value Approach in projects involving the business sectors. He helps identify appropriate strategies and practices that would help businesses mitigate their industrial operation impact to the biodiversity. Specifically, these projects are intended to avoid risks from biodiversity loss and to create opportunities for biodiversity conservation. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology major in Ecology at the University of Southern Mindanao, and is currently taking his Master of Science in Biology at the De La Salle University Dasmariñas.
He values the stories he learns from locals in the field and their perception on the environment. For Wyne, “conservation works in the Philippines is a battle that needs to be fought but few have chosen to fight.” He hopes that this battle will be fought arm in arm not only by conservationists but together with various government institutions and the community.
Lawrence is knowledgeable and experienced in the development of watershed management plan and local stakeholders’ engagement thru community organizing, few years before she joined the Biodiversity Team as a Research Associate. Her research work and interests are mainly on watershed management, natural resource valuation and environmental impact assessment. Currently, she is part of the team working on REDD+ project in Occidental and Oriental, Mindoro. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Management at the Visayas State University-Alangalang in 2009 and is now taking her Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Ecosystem Management at De La Salle University-Manila.
Lawrence loves the opportunity to travel to remote locations and learn on-hand from the fieldwork. She envisions that the “conservation advocacy movement will have an immense transformation as efforts to promote environmental awareness are increasing in all parts of the world.”
Romer, a licensed Trek Guide and First Aider, is the CCIPH’s Community Organizer for the island of Mindoro. He is tasked in establishing project coordination links from the regional down to the community household level. He is also responsible for the promotion of sustainable engagement strategies to local communities and indigenous peoples of the island. He is currently taking up Education and Community Development at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
John Lister is the team’s research associate. He attained his Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology in Tarlac State University.
A true-blue nature lover, he enjoys bird watching, rock climbing, biking, and hiking. In fact, the one thing he really loves about his job is the opportunity to be outdoor almost all the time.
He is optimistic that through the biodiversity conservation movement, the responsible and sustainable use of lands and waters on which all life depend will be put on centerstage. John Lister believes that the future will finally bring a delicate balance of an ecosystem that would ensure population numbers of threatened or endangered species.
Kristian is the newest addition to the CCIPH Team, currently taking his Master’s Degree in Wildlife Biology at University of the Philippines Los Baňos. His research is focused on amphibians and reptiles since they are less studied and documented in the country. For the decade to follow, Kristian positively foresees the proliferation of effective sustainable conservation program implementation, the application of different tools for efficient biodiversity surveys, and the increase level of awareness and knowledge among locals in the promotion of excellent conservation practices.