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Traditional Management Boosts Conservation: The Livelihood Enhancement in Agro-forestry Foundation (LEAF), a local nongovernmental organization (NGO), has been working with the Manobo tribal organization Omaubao, along with municipal and provincial authorities, to develop sustainable watershed management as a means of conserving lowland forest on the slopes of Mt. Magdiwata in the Philippines biodiversity hotspot. The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) has supported LEAF’s work to preserve these forests, home to species such as the Critically Endangered Visayan warty pig (Sus cebifrons), which are under threat from unsustainable hunting and tree felling, encroachment, and slash-and-burn agriculture. LEAF plans to replicate the initiative in a number of areas locally including the Agusan Wildlife Marsh Sanctuary, one of the largest freshwater wetlands in the Philippines.

For more information, contact , president, LEAF.

- August 2006

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