Understanding the value and limits of NbS to address climate change and other development challenges in the Philippines

Aerial shot of bridge over stream, tropical
Local volunteers from indigenous communities protect a vast forest ecosystem in Northern Mindanao, Philippines.

This research presents a country-specific review of nature-based solutions (NbS) for transformative change in the Global South. In the context of the Philippines, this project will elucidate evidence of NbS outcomes, understand the country’s priorities for, and enablers and barriers to, interventions, and lastly, explore the potential for NbS to address climate change and other sustainable development issues.

A combination of systematic literature reviews, field workshops and spatial analysis will be utilised, with case studies on indigenous peoples and local communities in Northern Mindanao, Philippines.

Outreach activities

  • Short documentary film on the indigenous peoples who protect the Mt Kitanglad Range Natural Park – In post-production
  • Community NbS workshop at Tropikal Academy, Lokal Lab – Pending 2023
Indigenous people in forest. Stills from documentary.
All images were taken with the consent of the Daraghuyan Tribe and Kitanglad Guard Volunteers. All rights reserved, Katrina Kendall.

Collaborators include

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – PENRO Bukidnon, Mt Kitanglad Council of Elders, KIN Philippines, Philippine Parks and Biodiversity, TAYO PH, Lokal Lab, Centre for Sustainability PH, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, Environmental Change Institute Oxford