Cleopatras Needle Guardians

Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

Members of the Batak people are working with local associations to protect the Cleopatra's Needle Forest Reserve in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. The Reserve will encompass between 40,000 and 50,000 hectares of primary forest and a management plan for the area will be informed by upcoming comprehensive biodiversity surveys to ensure the survival of myriad endemic species.

Cleopatras Needle Forest Batak News

  • Saving Cleopatra Palawan Mountain Competing For European Funding

    Cleopatra's Needle is the city's tallest mountain with more than 40,000 hectares considered a critical habitat for different flora and fauna.

    It is also one of the candidates for funding from the European Outdoor Conservation Association.

    The Centre for Sustainability, a non-government organization, has applied for a P1.3-million rehabilitation project for Cleopatra's Needle.

    The project includes the restoration of trails, habitat and education.

    "This will enhance visitors' experience and also strengthen the livelihood opportunities for the community and, most importantly, this wil ...

  • The Philippines Declares More Than 100,000 Acres As Critical Habitat

    In November last year, the Philippines declared its largest critical habitat yet.

    Located in the long, narrow Philippine island of Palawan, the new Cleopatra's Needle Critical Habitat (CNCH) is spread across 41,350 hectares (more than 100,000 acres). The second largest critical habitat, Carmen Critical Habitat for Marine Turtles, spans nearly 6,000 hectares.

    Critical habitats — portions of land outside protected areas that have known habitats of threatened or endemic species — are usually small, focusing on one or a few species. For example, the critical habitat declared for the ende ...

  • Power To The Forests Of Palawan

    Flashback to January 2014: For someone born and raised in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, it was my first time to hear of a mountain called Cleopatra's Needle. As a typical Palaweño, I only knew of the famous sites such as the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (Underground River), and the Tubbataha Reefs National Park and World Heritage Site. Turns out, Cleopatra's Needle's jump off point is just over an hour away from where I grew up in the city. It has always been that mountain you'll see on a clear day on any bay at Puerto Princesa!

    The same month I started with the Cleopatra's ...

  • Palawans Wildlife Receives Protection In Philippines Largest Critical Habitat Designation

    One of the world's most critical and irreplaceable areas for unique and threatened wildlife—in addition to the home to the last 200 – 300 members of the indigenous Batak tribe—has received the largest critical habitat designation in the Philippines.

    The newly declared Cleopatra's Needle Critical Habitat, which protects more than 100,000 acres of forest on the lush island of Palawan, is the culmination of a three-year project led by the Centre for Sustainability, Palawan Council for Sustainable Development, City Environment and Natural Resources Office of Puerto Princesa and the Batak ...

  • Historic Rainforest Protection For Endangered Wildlife And Indigenous People In The Philippines

    The Cleopatra's Needle Forest Reserve in Palawan, the largest critical habitat created in the Philippines, safeguards endemic, threatened species such as the Philippine Pangolin, Palawan Bearcat and Palawan Horned Frog, and also protects the forest-dwelling Batak people.

    Rainforest Trust is delighted to announce that over 100,000 acres of rainforest encompassing and surrounding Cleopatra's Needle, one of Palawan's highest peaks, were just declared as a Forest Reserve due to the collaborative efforts of Rainforest Trust's local conservation partner Centre for Sustainability-PH working with t ...

  • Philippine Home Of Pangolin And Indigenous Tribe Wins Protection

    Today it was announced that 101,766 acres of forestland on the island of Palawan in the Philippines will be protected, helping to save the most trafficked mammal in the world — the pangolin — as well as the last 200–300 members of the indigenous Batak tribe.

    The newly declared Cleopatra's Needle Critical Habitat is now the largest critical habitat to be designated in the Philippines.

    "The critical habitat designation is made on the basis of the best scientific data regarding the presence of threatened species, taking into consideration species endemicity and/or richness, presence o ...