Pusod, Inc. is a non-stock, non-profit organization whose Mission is to Protect and Enhance the Ecosystems of The Philippines, and to show their significance to the world . Pusod was formed in Manila on March 2004 to further the work originally begun in 1995 by the Babilonia Wilner Foundation .
Our vision is a world where people and communities are energized by their cultural and ecological wealth; live with reverence for earth and all life; and naturally prosper in diverse, self-sustaining local economies in which all beings thrive."
Pusod believes we owe our success to the communities we serve. Our policy is to work in areas and on projects where we have been asked to participate by local individuals, communities, governments, sustainable businesses and NGOs. In this way Pusod works with respect for local wisdom, and in participation with all available stakeholders for fruitful partnerships and results.Pusod has worked throughout the Southern Tagalog Region and in Marinduque and Northern Mindoro. Current programming focuses on areas of Batangas that include such national treasures as the Taal Volcano Protected Landscape, Mt. Malarayat Forest Reserve, and Verde Island Passage which is renowned for having some of the highest levels of endemic marine life in the entire world. The Babilonia Fund has been consistently supporting Pusod, Inc. together with individual, corporate and other funding organizations. Pusod has established the Taal Lake Conservation Center with a generous grant from United Parcel Service (UPS) Foundation ( http://www.sustainability.ups.com/the-ups-foundation/ ) and is represented in the TVPL Protected Area Management Board. Globe Bridging Communities ( http://www.globe.com.ph/globebridgecom) supports the Sustainable Tourism initiatives of the organization in TVPL.
Pusod, Inc., is also crucial in the formation of the Lipa Headwaters Council for the conservation and management of Mt. Malarayat Forest Reserve. The Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation ( http://www.ptfcf.org/ ) supports several Pusod-initiatives such as Biodiversity Monitoring System and Database Management, Ecotourism, and Capacity Building of the LHWC.
Pusod supports the implementation of the Verde Island Passage Management Framework. Also identified as one of California Academy of Sciences ( www.calacademy.org ) local partners for the Philippine Biodiversity Expedition 2011, Pusod continues to be the education outreach local partner of CAS in the succeeding Marine Biodiversity Expeditions.