Palawa’n Tribe’s dependence on Mt. Mantalingahan’s natural resources for their livelihood

A family from the Palaw’an tribe in Mt. Mantalingahan in southern Palawan, Philippines displayed their freshly harvested root crops. Indigenous groups residing in Mt. Mantalingahan Protected Landscape (MMPL) are highly dependent on the natural resources of the protected area. Apart from root crops and fruits, they also collect non-timber products such as honey, rattan, and almaciga resins. However, several activities such as timber poaching, charcoal making, and slash-and-burn farming pose imminent threats to them. Without appropriate conservation initiatives for the protected area, the Palaw’an will be among the first to be vulnerable against climate change impacts by losing their main sources of livelihood. USAID, through the Sustainable Interventions for Biodiversity, Oceans, and Landscapes (SIBOL) project, is engaging locals in the sustainable management of Mt. Mantalingahan by supporting the establishment of biodiversity-friendly enterprises such as ecotourism in the protected area. With alternative sources of livelihood, locals may be deterred from partaking in illegal environmental activities and engage in the conservation of MMPL's natural resources.

Mt. Mantalingahan: Home to the Palawa’n Tribe of Southern Palawan

Photographer Blue Motus
Copyright © 2023 USAID SIBOL_Blue Motus

Country Philippines
Topics Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities, Biodiversity Conservation

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