Location: The Philippines.
The Mabuwaya Foundation to protect the Critically Endangered Philippine Crocodile (Crocodylus mindorensis) through community-based wetland conservation.
The Mabuwaya Foundation promotes effective conservation of endemic and threatened species in the Philippines, involving local communities and building their capacity to protect their local species and environments.
The Philippine Crocodile is Critically Endangered and is one of two of the most threatened crocodilians in the world. This small freshwater crocodile has in the past been affected by overexploitation. While local people respect the species, non-residents are more wary and are willing to kill the crocodiles should the opportunity arise. It is also adversely impacted by land conversion, pollution and overfishing, which all have negative consequences for local people, affecting the quality of their drinking water.
Our funding is being used to improve community awareness and increase involvement in existing and new fish and crocodile sanctuaries, so that species numbers can build and stabilise.
The Mabuwaya Foundation was originally established purely to protect the Critically Endangered Philippine Crocodile but has since developed into an organisation protecting biodiversity and habitats more broadly. It is now the largest environmental community-based organisation working in North-eastern Luzon. In 2014, The Mabuwaya Foundation won a Whitley Award in recognition of its great work.