Philippine biodiversity is among the most endangered in the world. Fueled by pressure for rapid economic growth, the increasing demand for food, energy, and other goods has destabilized watershed ecosystems and destroyed natural habitats, resulting in alarming biodiversity loss. In the Philippines, inclusive and sustainable growth hinges on its watersheds, a key source of natural capital.
Responding to these issues, Chemonics and USAID are partnering on the Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience (B+WISER) Project to conserve biodiversity in forest areas and reduce forest degradation in priority watersheds. The project works to build capacity to manage forest areas at the national and sub-national levels and plans to contribute to disaster risk reduction programs.