The indigenous Dumagat and Alta communities, with support from Rainforest Trust and partner Daluhay Daloy ng Buhay Inc., an organization focused on democratic ecosystem management, have just established the San Luis S’bkal-Is’suwi Indigenous Community Conserved Area and Territory on the Philippine island of Luzon. This 97,670-acre reserve safeguards habitat for threatened species while helping surrounding communities assert ownership of their ancestral lands.
The island of Luzon holds the Sierra Madre mountain range — which harbors a massive swath of old-growth tropical rainforest home to a wealth of rare species. This includes birds such as the Endangered Green Racquet-tail and at least one breeding pair of the iconic and Critically Endangered Philippine Eagle. Tree species include the Critically Endangered Philippine Mahogany, Red Lauan and White Lauan.