Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation

 The Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation Inc.  (PTFCF) is seeking nominations for three (3) members of its Board  of Trustees (BOT) for the Term 2014 to 2016, representing a broad  range of nongovernmental forest-related interests within the  Philippines. For more information, please refer to our  Announcement.

With the aim of                     encouraging studies in plant conservation, the Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation, Inc. (PTFCF) is offering scholarships and financial assistance for MS or PhD in Botany. For more information please see our scholarship application guidelines.


We envision lush and biologically diverse Philippine forests that are sustainably managed and equitably accessible to responsible stakeholders, as a collective responsibility for the greater good.

In the spirit of service and stewardship: Improve the status of Philippine forests by working with communities, catalyzing local and national actions for their sustainable management.


Philippine Tropical Forest
Conservation Foundation (PTFCF)

PTFCF was established under two bilateral agreements between the governments of the United States (US) of America and the Republic of the Philippines (RP) under the US Tropical Forest Conservation Act. These agreements, signed on September 19, 2002, leveraged a $5.5 million USG appropriate to treat $41.5 million in RP-US debt and divert $8.25 million in peso-denominated interest payments over 14 years, to the Tropical Forest Conservation Fund. The Fund is administered by an NGO-led Board comprising five representatives of the non-governmental sector appointed by the RP, two representatives of the US, two representatives of the RP.


To Our Dear Partners in Forest Conservation,

Following the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda last week, reports indicate massive destruction of natural resources, damage to property and loss of lives for many of our countrymen in the Visayas region. Unfortunately, some of those affected are our partners in the Leyte, Samar and Iloilo areas.

To those affected, know that we are with you in prayer and hope that in God's love you will find the courage and strength to rise above this challenge, difficult as it may be.

PTFCF will explore options to help, and we invite our other partners to do the same. It is only by helping one another that we can endure these trying times. Sadly though, it is also during these times when we see more the relevance of our work, as well as the enormity of the task ahead.

God Bless Us All!



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  1. Deforestation continues at an average of 100,000 ha per year or 273 ha per day
  2. There are 45-50 Dipterocarp species, 47% are endemic or found only in the Philippines and nowhere else in the world (Ashton 1982)
  3. Only 20-25% of 15.9M ha of public forest and forest lands are under some kind of effective forest and forest land management (Guiang, 2001)
  4. The 13 out of 16 genera and 470 out of 510 species of Dipterocarp are largely restricted to Asia, primarily to South and Southeast Asia.
  5. In 1985, dipterocarp forests were estimated at 31% of the country's total land area (The Committee on Forestry 1985) while the latest available forestry statistics in 1997 estimated it at only 12% (3.5M ha) of the total land area (Forestry Statistics 2002).
  6. There are 12 forest types in the Philippines grouped according to the ff (Fernando
    1. Main physical characteristics of their habitat- Climate, Soil Water, Soils, Localities, Elevation
    2. Vegetation structure - height of trees, crown stratification, presence and absence of lianas, vines, epiphytes
    3. Physiognomy - buttressing, crown shape, nature of leaves, deciduous and evergreen character of foliage, position of flowers and fruits on the trees

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