Philippine Peñablanca Sustainable Reforestation Project
7,269 acres (2,943 hectares)
Philippines – northern Luzon Island
Conservation International and Toyota Motor Corporation
Rainforest Alliance Evaluation:
Validated conformance with the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards, 2nd Ed., Gold Level: December 20th, 2009 – December 19th 2014 (RA-VAL-CCB-011180)
The project, located within the Peñablanca Protected Landscape and Seascape of the Philippines, involves reforesting degraded lands in five barangays (districts) in the municipality of Peñablanca, within the province of Cagayan. Containing both tenured and untenured lands, the 30-year project has as its primary goal the promotion of forest restoration, forest and biodiversity conservation, and improved livelihoods through reforestation, enhancement planting and agro-forestry. The project site is home to several endemic, threatened species including the Philippine eagle (the country's national bird), the crowned flying fox and Gray's monitor lizard. For its efforts to increase habitat for these species and protect their presence in the Peñablanca region, the project was awarded validation to the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards' "Gold Level."