USAID grants P240M to 11 FIlipino eco organizations

Eleven organizations received grants amounting to P240 million from the United States in support of their efforts in the conservation of biodiversity and climate change mitigation in the Philippines.

The recipients are BaiAni Foundation, CBCP Caritas Filipinas Foundation, Coastal Conservation and Education Foundation, Diliman Science Research Foundation, Impl. Project Philippines, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, Mabuwaya Foundation, Surigao Economic Development and Microfinance Foundation, Tanggol Kalikasan, University of Santo Tomas Research and Endowment Foundation, and Xavier Agricultural Extension Services Foundation. 

The grant was made through US Agency for International Development in celebration of the International Day of Biodiversity last 22 May.

US Ambassador to the Philippines MaryKay Carlson joined Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary Juan Miguel Cuna and Gerry Roxas Foundation Executive Director Glen de Castro to announce the grants.

The groups have been carrying out efforts to conserve biodiversity, protect wildlife, and implement natural climate solutions. The grants were provided under USAID’s Investing in Sustainability and Partnership for Inclusive Growth and Regenerative Ecosystems or INSPIRE Project. 

The Mabuwaya Foundation plans to use its grant to protect the intact forests of the Sierra Madre mountain range in Cagayan. It vows to address illegal logging and conversion of forest lands for agricultural use. 

Xavier Agricultural Extension Service Foundation’s grant will strengthen community-based initiatives to restore and protect the mangrove forests and other marine ecosystems in Zamboanga Sibugay. 

Speaking at the event, Carlson affirmed civil society organizations’ critical role in translating conservation agreements into actions. 

“Through these grants, we are advancing sustainable local solutions that will help communities address the unique climate challenges they face,” Carlson said.  “These grants contribute to our shared goal of a more resilient future where both people and nature thrive.” 

“We are one with USAID and INSPIRE in the quest for an increased and more meaningful participation and engagement of all sectors [of society].  DENR is grateful for the continued partnership and we look forward to deepening our engagement as we work toward creating a more equitable world for all,” Cuna said. 

For more than six decades, USAID has partnered with the Philippine government and local organizations to conserve the country’s rich biodiversity and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Since 2021, USAID has provided more than P620 million to civil society organizations to amplify their efforts in achieving environmental sustainability and uplifting the lives of Filipino communities. 

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