Haribon is the Philippines pioneer environmental organization. Haribon practically gave birth to the Philippine environmental movement. Hatched in 1972, the organization, and the individuals it trained and nurtured were instrumental in the formation of other environmental organizations in the country.

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  • Our Precious Forests More Than Just A Bunch Of Trees

    Our Precious Forests More Than Just A Bunch Of Trees

    The current state of Philippine forests leaves a lot to be desired. Despite its importance to national economic, environmental, and social well-being, forests cover only 22.8 percent of the country's land area.

    The growing demand for goods and services will place more stress on an integral part of our environment that needs proper management now more than ever. Despite efforts for conservation by different sectors, illegal deforestation, weak enforcement of relevant laws, and improper forestry practices continue to offset any successes by said campaigns.

    Forest Resources Bill

    The Fore ...

  • Youth Leaders Join Talks On Forest Management

    Youth Leaders Join Talks On Forest Management

    Student-leaders from different regions across the country actively took part in discussions on forest conservation during the first national Filipino Youth Summit held at De La Salle University, Manila last August 31.

    The Filipino Youth Summit is an advocacy-based national conference where student-leaders from all over the Philippines gather to join a review of local and national initiatives and undertake collaborative projects geared toward addressing various issues in the society.

    Facilitated by the Haribon Foundation, the environmental talk gave a glimpse of the current condition of P ...

  • Working For Mindoros Biodiversity (1st Of Two Parts)

    It is almost 15 years now when I first visited the island of Mindoro, a name derived from "Mina de Oro". I am glad that until today, I still have the opportunity to participate in working for its biodiversity conservation. I was then the consultant of the Haribon Foundation for its Integrating Forest Conservation with Local Governance Project, of which I facilitated the forest management planning of the Mount Siburan in the municipality of Sablayan in Occidental Mindoro province.

    It was an interesting engagement, because Mt. Siburan is known as the largest intact lowland forest in the islan ...

  • Learning To Dive For The First Time With Haribon Members

    Learning To Dive For The First Time With Haribon Members

    Life is calm under the sea, even if there is a storm.

    We went to Anilao for our first open water scuba diving class despite Typhoon Domeng hitting Metro Manila and Batangas over the weekend last June.

    There were cancellations at Aqua Reef Dive Resort, for obvious reasons, so we able to get rooms. At 5 a.m., three of us with our Dive instructor and fellow Haribon Member Erick Villacorte, traveled to Batangas with many intentions. We intended to have a good diving class, we intended to keep safe, and we intended to keep positive the whole time.

    After checking in at the beachfront dive r ...

  • Communities Launch New Movement For Forests

    Communities Launch New Movement For Forests

    Youth, local government, farmers, & environment groups launched a new movement for the country's dwindling forests at the foothills of Mts. Banahaw-San Cristobal in Laguna province last Saturday, July 14, 2018.

    Forests For Life (FFL) Movement aims to bring back biodiversity in the country's rainforests with the help of all sectors and people from all walks of life. The launch comes as excessive rains begin to hit the country, exacerbated by climate change.

    "Bagama't malayo ang San Cristobal sa karagatan, anuman ang gawain natin dito ay may epekto sa ecosystem sa ibaba [Even though San Cr ...

  • Haribon Plants Trees In Caliraya-Lumot Watershed

    Environmental organization Haribon Foundation, corporate partners, and volunteers recently carried out a tree planting activities at the Caliraya-Lumot Watershed in East Talaongan, Cavinti, Laguna, as part of the Forest for Life (FFL) campaign.

    Over 150 corporate and individual volunteers from The New Apec, Rebap, Toyota Balintawak, and Hewlett Packard planted more than 3,000 native tree seedlings including makaasim, igang, salab, laneteng gubat, tulibas tilos, antipolo, tibig, marang, bitaog, paguringon, and dao.

    "Unlike other restoration areas, this site in Caliraya requires little tre ...