Creating Community Activism for Renewable Energy in the Philippines
This project’s goal is to build a strong constituency for renewable energy and an informed and judicious position and action on coal-fired power plants (CFPPs) among the stakeholders and local communities in the province of Quezon. It seeks to educate the local communities and stakeholders of Quezon on the ill effects of CFPPs and benefits of utilizing renewable energy. It likewise seeks to inform and capacitate the local government officials and the communities of the municipalities of Atimonan, Mauban and Pagbilao of the Quezon province in the conduct of monitoring to ensure that CFPPs in these areas are compliant with the government environmental standards.
Environmental Justice Sector Reform in the Philippines 2 (EJSRP 2)
The ESJRP 2 project intends to enhance biodiversity conservation actions and ensure protection of the remaining wildlife in the habitats by raising awareness and strengthening the capacity and technical skills of the local government officials on environmental governance and law enforcement as mandated to them. Additionally, capacity building on important national environmental laws and procedure shall be given to the judiciary, prosecution and law enforcement agencies at the national level.
Green Livelihoods Alliance (GLA) Project
The Green Livelihoods Alliance is a five-year collaborative programme between Milieudefensie-FoE-NL, IUCN Netherlands and Tropenbos International funded by and in strategic partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. It aims to contribute to inclusive, fair and sustainable governance of forested landscapes. The Alliance is committed to work together with Civil Society Organizations in the Global South who have an indispensable lobbying and advocacy role to play in issues such as resource degradation, land tenure, inequality, law enforcement and governance.
A key assumption of the GLA is that sustainably managed forested landscapes deliver vital ecosystem services such as the IPGs water, food security, climate resilience and biodiversity. For this, three key conditions need to be in place: (1) local communities have security of land tenure, or access to land, (2) inclusion of local communities in decision-making on land use by government and the local and international private sector, and (3) nature-based approaches to the management of forested landscapes.
The Philippine GLA program has chosen to focus on three landscapes: Sierra Madre Mountain Range (Luzon), CDO-Tagoloan river basins landscape continuum and the ARMM-Bangsamoro region (Mindanao). TK is focused in Sierra Mountain Range in Luzon.
Partnership for Biodiversity III (PBC III)
PBC III aims to help conserve biodiversity in the Philippines by continuing its capacity-building efforts of local and national environmental law enforcement bodies to address environmental crimes with an added focus on anti-wildlife trafficking. Technical support and capacity building proposed under PBC III are a direct response to the urgent needs expressed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR), and other agencies with law enforcement functions.
Through PBC III, USAID will assist the Philippines in its biodiversity conservation efforts by continuing to build capacity in the areas of law enforcement, prosecution, adjudication, and wildlife crime forensics. The program will provide this assistance by organizing workshops and seminars for GPH officials, organizing study tours to the US, and developing a systematic approach to prosecuting environmental cases and monitoring import and exports.
Strengthening the Legal and Metalegal Battle against Coal Fired Power Plants in the Province of Quezon
The project aims to strengthen the community’s voice and battle for their environmental, health and socio-economic rights against coal fired power plants that are yet to be constructed and that are already operational in Quezon Province. It intends to increase awareness and constituency against coal fired power plant and for renewable energy, particularly micro-renewables so that they can be well-informed and empowered who can initiate and lead the legal and metalegal actions necessary and/or appropriate under the situation and express informed choices and decisions to fight for their environmental and basic human rights.