Cebu Biodiversity Conservation Programme
The Cebu Biodiversity Conservation Programme was initiated in 1998 with a three-year Darwin Initiative (UK Govt.) grant enabling the establishment of a new Cebu Biodiversity Conservation Foundation (CBCF) to implement the Programme and island-wide faunal and floral surveys and selected site inventories. It was subsequently extended to include GIS mapping and development of site management plans for more than four new protected areas and diverse other wildlife/habitat research, protection, monitoring and restoration schemes.
Several capacity-building and educational activities such as biodiversity conservation workshops, teacher’s and forest warden training (including trainer training) programmes, education materials production, networking, fund-raising and advocacy, have also been conducted.
Widely regarded as the single best example of effective and sustained conservation action anywhere in the Philippines; not least because Cebu (with original forest cover being reduced to a few isolated patches totaling less than 0.06%), has also been generally regarded as a ‘lost cause’, despite its obvious importance as the most distinct sub-centre of endemicity within the West Visayas Faunal Region – almost certainly the world’s single highest conservation priority area in Endemic Bird Area (EBA) terms.