Palaui Island sits off the northeastern tip of Luzon Island. Not a lot of land is available for farming, and residents are primarily subsistence farmers and fishers. Because of the island’s isolation, rich natural resources, and the presence of a resource-dependent population, Palaui faces both livelihood and resource protection issues. It is legally protected under national law. However, people still occasionally conduct illegal logging and slash-and-burn farming. These activities decrease the soil’s productivity and make it harder to grow enough food for the local population.
The Palaui Island community has pledged to protect its 5,370-acre forest over the next 20 years. In return, Seacology is funding renovation of an old community building that has fallen into disrepair and is no longer usable. This will give community members a space where they can gather for meetings, trainings, and livelihood activities such as crafts-making.