Saving Biodiversity in the Philippines.

Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience (B+WISER) Project

Project Dates: December 2012 - December 2017
With sustainable financing, enhanced-forest and protected-area management have turned the tide in the Philippines by promoting biodiversity and forest conservation.

In the Philippines, watersheds are one of the country’s key sources of natural capital: These drainage basins protect vulnerable communities from natural disasters while supporting 35 percent of the country’s energy needs through hydro and geothermal power. Another key source of capital, forests support agriculture as well as timber and non-timber projects that total $100 million annually in net benefits. The success of nature-based tourism in an area depends to a large extent on that area’s biodiversity. But both biodiversity and natural capital in the Philippines are among the most endangered in the world, and their depletion hinders economic growth. The USAID Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience (B+WISER) Project responded by conserving watersheds and forests as well as promoting biodiversity to create a strong foundation for sustainable economic growth.

Project Goals


  • Conserve biodiversity in forest areas and reduce forest degradation in priority watersheds
  • Build capacity to manage forest areas at the national and sub-national levels
  • Strengthen disaster-risk reduction programs

Our Impact Trailblazers for Wildfire Preparedness in the Philippines

After a series of wildfires broke out in the Philippines, the B+WISER program is helping revamp the country’s approach to fire management.

In the Philippines, watersheds are one of the country’s key sources of natural capital: These drainage basins protect vulnerable communities from natural disasters while supporting 35 percent of the country’s energy needs through hydro and geothermal power. Another key source of capital, forests support agriculture as well as timber and non-timber projects that total $100…

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Our Impact Harnessing Technology to Protect Forests and Biodiversity in the Philippines

Conservation efforts in the Philippines mobilize user-friendly technology and government, community, and private sector partnerships in the fight against deforestation.

In the Philippines, watersheds are one of the country’s key sources of natural capital: These drainage basins protect vulnerable communities from natural disasters while supporting 35 percent of the country’s energy needs through hydro and geothermal power. Another key source of capital, forests support agriculture as well as timber and non-timber projects that total $100…

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