Through a five-year partnership with Conservation International, we’re working to restore and protect one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth. Through a photo essay presented at the 2022 UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15), we’re inspiring others to take action.
The Philippines is one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth, providing habitat to a variety of species found nowhere else on the planet.
In 2020, with our partner Conservation International, we launched the Mantalingahan Landscape Conservation Project, a five-year effort to restore and protect the Mount Mantalingahan landscape, located on the Philippine island of Palawan.
According to Conservation International, the Mantalingahan Landscape is a vital habitat for more than 1,000 plant and animal species — 10 percent of which are threatened, including the Palawan pangolin and the Philippine cockatoo.
Palawan’s rich ecosystems and unique species diversity are also essential for the people who live there. The landscape is also the ancestral home to the Palaw’an — more than 12,000 Indigenous people, many of whom rely directly on nature for their livelihoods and are among the world’s most climate vulnerable communities.
To highlight the impact of these conservation efforts to others around the world, we’re presenting this photo essay with images captured by local photographer and filmmaker Jessie M. Cereno, as well as by members of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development and Conservation International staff. The photos were displayed at COP 15 in Montreal, where nearly 200 countries gathered to implement new global biodiversity goals for the next decade.
At COP 15, Ashley Kuhn, Senior Director of Nature & Biodiversity at P&G, presented the work with our partners at Conservation International, discussing the power of partnerships to protect and restore nature in landscapes critical to people, biodiversity and climate. Read about P&G’s commitments in our 2022 Citizenship Report.
Trond Larsen, Senior Director of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Science at Conservation International, captioned the photo essay.
“What really stands out about the Mantalingahan Landscape is the tremendous variety of ecosystems and species that are concentrated in this relatively small area, with habitats ranging from steaming coastal mangroves to cool montane forest around the peak of Mount Mantalingahan,” Larsen said. “While Indigenous people have long revered and depended upon this biodiversity, scientists are only beginning to understand the incredibly unique wildlife that is found here.”
At P&G, we are committed to the long-term health of natural ecosystems that are essential to people, biodiversity and our business. This partnership helps us meet our commitments to natural climate solutions for delivering carbon, community and biodiversity benefits.