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US grants P288 million to the Philippines for environmental and climate change initiatives.

According to the US Embassy in Manila, the United States gave funds totaling PHP288 million to 13 civil society groups (CSOs) in the Philippines for preserving biodiversity and natural climate change solutions.

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) grant money will help the Philippine government conserve and restore sites that require immediate protection.

Acting Deputy Mission Director for USAID Philippines Jennifer Crow said in a statement that the grants “demonstrate USAID’s longstanding commitment to partner with the Philippine government and local organizations in protecting natural resources and improving how these resources, and the places where they are found, are governed.”

She continued, “We also hope these projects will lead to local livelihoods and businesses that respect the value of the Philippines’ natural and cultural assets and enhance the quality of life for nearby populations, particularly indigenous peoples.

Eleven CSOs will each receive PHP16 million to carry out three-year climate and conservation initiatives that will assist communities in adopting eco-friendly habits, including the public and private sector, and establishing local businesses that support conservation efforts.

The CSOs include the Philippine Eagle Foundation, Inc., Sentro Para sa Ikauunlad ng Katutubong Agham at Teknolohiya, Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc., Mount Apo Foundation, Inc., NGOs for Fisheries Reform, PATH Foundation Philippines, Inc., Philippine Association for the Intellectual Development, Inc., Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Inc., Xavier Science Foundation, Inc., and Zo

A total of PHP56 million will be given to two grantees to support disability-inclusive climate action.

The Humanity & Inclusion Philippines will involve people with disabilities in climate change governance and increase their resilience to the effects of climate change, while the Oscar M. Lopez Center for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Foundation, Inc. will create a dictionary of climate change-related terms in Filipino sign language.

Recall that in 2021 USAID established a PHP800 million grant mechanism for five years to support CSOs in implementing biodiversity conservation and wildlife protection, among other things.

The Investing in Sustainability and Partnerships for Inclusive Growth and Regenerative Ecosystems (INSPIRE) project served as the catalyst for the creation of the fund.

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