Haribon’s Legacy for Nature: Restoring Philippine ecosystems one village at a time
"We don't inherit the earth from our ancestors we borrow it from our children." -Native American proverb
For over 40 years, Haribon Foundation has been working under the principles of community empowerment and scientific excellence in protecting biodiversity and our natural resources.
Haribon Foundation is known to be the leader in Philippine forest restoration since the organization launched its flagship campaign that is the Rainforestation, Organizations, and Advocates by 2020 (ROAD to 2020) in 2006.
Applying Haribon's scientific excellence and community empowerment strategies, the ROAD to 2020 campaign took reforestation to a new level. Through ROAD to 2020's policies and implementation, Haribon has reversed the decline of Philippine rainforests and continues to restore sites for the purposes of ecological services.
With problems of climate change, environmental disasters, and deforestation affecting the Philippines and our countrymen today, now, more than ever, there is a great need to conserve and restore our natural environment.
An article in Pilipino from the Pilipino Express dated July 2, 1973.
This year, Haribon Foundation took a big leap forward with their forest restoration initiatives. It has formulated a program that different institutions can embrace a bigger role for the environment and this country's life sustainability.
Recently, Haribon Foundation has recognized that more corporations are now into conservation investment. Corporations are looking at opportunities to support projects that contribute to environmental conservation and human development.
Packaged as a major corporate investment program, Haribon’s Legacy for Nature (HaLe Nature) is a holistic conservation approach which aims to work with villages and communities located in Important Biodiversity Areas (IBA) to conserve and protect the environment. It seeks to empower vulnerable communities and capacitate local governments to manage their natural resources, which is their legacy for future generations. More importantly, this program aims to restore ecological services through environmental protection initiatives one village at a time.
The HaLe Nature logo features just a few of the many species Haribon works to conserve with the community.
HaLeNature engages corporations to do conservation investment in communities within Important Biodiversity Areas (IBAs). The program will primarily invest in local communities who are likewise planting a legacy as primary actors for local conservation.
Specifically, HaLe Nature seeks to raise major donations for conservation of IBAs, one village at a time, restore ecosystems, capacitate local conservation actors, and stage in situ research laboratories.
Haribon has recently launched this program, and corporations are looking into investing in Haribon’s Legacy for Nature. These donations will provide Haribon with the financial means to continue its work of environmental protection, conservation and restoration.
Every contribution helps keep our ecosystems intact. Haribon Foundation is calling everyone to invest in conservation. Healthy environment leads to resilient communities for a better economy.
Invest in the Future. Invest in Conservation. Invest in Haribon’s Legacy for Nature. HaLe Nature is your environmental legacy.